HC Deb 25 July 1950 vol 478 cc32-3W
71. Mr. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that machinery imported from the United States of America with Marshall Aid funds specially for the manufacture of nylon stockings is using other yarns and producing goods which cannot be sold abroad so easily because sufficient supplies of nylon yarn is not available; and when he can promise adequate supplies of nylon yarn.

Mr. Rhodes

A large number of new machines have been imported for the manufacture of fully-fashioned stockings. By far the larger part of this capacity is already using nylon. A further moderate increase in nylon supplies has been allocated to stocking manufacturers in the last few days. I cannot say when supplies of nylon yarn will be sufficient to meet all the rising requirements of the stocking industry and of other important users.