HC Deb 04 March 1952 vol 497 cc32-3W
72. Mr. Burden

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that firms in the United Kingdom making nylon stockings are now unable to sell abroad in competition with local manufacturers; and if he will allow these frustrated exports to be released on the home market, so that the stocks held by manufacturers may be reduced to a reasonable size.

Mr. H. Strauss

No. I know that it has become more difficult in recent months to export nylon stockings and most other textile products, but I understand that the best known brands are still selling well overseas.

With regard to the second part of the Question, there is no prohibition of the sale of nylon stockings at home, but each manufacturer's allocation of nylon yarn depends upon his exports of stockings. Owing to the difficulties in export markets I understand that some manufacturers are temporarily increasing their deliveries at home, but when overseas demand revives exports must again have first claim on supplies.