HC Deb 10 March 1955 vol 538 cc69-70W
Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantities and values of woollen gloves and glove linings imported into the United Kingdom from Hong Kong during 1952, 1953 and 1954; and what proportion this represents of total imports in those years.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Imports of woollen gloves and mittens, including glove linings, other than fabric gloves, were:

1952 1953 1954
(1) from Hong Kong (Thousand dozen pairs) 154 415
(2) from all countries (Thousand dozen pairs) 38 183 448
(1) as percentage of (2) 84 93
(3) from Kong Hong (£'000) 224 495
(4) from all countries (£'000) 115 287 561
(3) as percentage of (4) 78 88
NOTE: Imports of woollen fabric gloves are not shown separately in the trade statistics.

Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total quantities and value of woollen gloves and linings manufactured in the United Kingdom during 1952, 1953 and 1954.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Sales by manufacturers in the United Kingdom, other than the small firms, of knitted woollen gloves, mitten and linings* are given in the table below. The figures available for the year 1952 do not show woollen gloves separately from other knitted gloves.

Thousand dozen pairs £'000
1953 (February, 1953, to January, 1954) 768 1,570
1954 (February to October, 1954) annual rate 725 1,333
* Prior to November, 1953, manufacturers were not asked specifically to include linings.