§ 10. Mr. Sorensen
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the approximate amount spent annually in the purchase of utility garments, as compared with non-utility garments; and, approximately, what is the aggregate annual total financial advantage to the consumer by the supply of utility garments.
§ Sir H. Shawcross
The amount spent in the purchase of utility garments at the retail stage is estimated to have been approximately £450 million in 1950, compared with approximately £265 million for non-utility garments. The advantage to the consumer resulting from the supply of utility garments is undoubtedly substantial, but I am not able to give even a rough estimate of how much it amounts to in terms of money.