HC Deb 28 July 1950 vol 478 cc162-3W
Mr. Granville

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the present high price of handkerchiefs is causing inconvenience to many people, especially those with young children; and what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of these articles.

Mr. Rhodes

The increases in the prices of handkerchiefs and other cotton goods which have occurred this year are due to increases in the price of raw cotton. I regret that, in view of recent further advances in world prices of raw cotton, we cannot expect to see a reduction in the price of handkerchiefs in the near future.