HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 cc255-6W
Mr. Albu

asked the President of the Board of Trade what factors for the con- version of typical qualities of raw cotton and wool into yarn were taken into account when fixing the latest permitted prices for utility cloths; and what the comparable factors were in 1949 and 1950.

Sir H. Shawcross

The latest permitted maximum prices for utility wool cloths took account only of increases in the cost of raw materials, and the latest prices for utility cotton cloths took account of increases in the cost of raw materials up to mid-May, with a flat-rate allowance for increased wages throughout the cotton industry. There is now no control over spinners' prices and it is not, therefore, possible to provide any comparable figures for 1949, 1950 and 1951.