HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 c73W
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.