HC Deb 27 June 1950 vol 476 c201W
83. Mr. Smithers

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to secure a supply of high quality palm fibres for the manufacture of hats within the sterling area.

Mr. Rhodes

We have had no approach on this matter from the trade, but inquiries which have been made have revealed no known source of Panama hat fibre (Carludovica Palmata) within the sterling area.