HC Deb 11 July 1950 vol 477 c90W
76. Mr. Janner

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, as the uses of nylon yarn are increasing, the hosiery industry will benefit in only a small degree by the promised increased supplies; and whether, in view of the disappointment of women that more nylon stockings will not therefore be available, he will ensure that larger supplies are sent to hosiery firms rather than to those who can make up garments from alternative materials.

Mr. Bottomley

We are aware that several industries are developing the use of nylon yarn; these are often leading to hard currency exports and we regard such developments as important. Nevertheless, deliveries of nylon yarn to the hosiery industry are now 4½ times their level at the beginning of last year. Anxious though we are to increase the supply of nylon stockings to the home market, we are not prepared to do so to the extent of losing valuable exports or of frustrating other promising industrial development.