HC Deb 05 May 1959 vol 605 cc25-6W
73. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the growing concentration of boot and shoe firms into large combines and the closing down of many small firms, with consequent dangers to employment, including that of increased imports of boots and shoes manufactured abroad; and whether he will take action to safeguard the position of both workers and consumers.

Mr. J. Rodgers

I am aware of two mergers which have taken place in recent years. I have no information which suggests that the interests of either workers or customers have been adversely affected.

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