Wool

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much wool there is in the country; and if he will do all in his power to secure labour for the worsted and wool factories so that clothing for the home and export market may be manufactured.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

Stocks in the hands of the Wool Control at 31st October were 600 million lbs. greasy weight. In addition, substantial quantities are in the hands of the trade. My Department and the Ministry of Labour are doing everything possible to assist the Wool textile industry to secure additional labour.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman know that warehouses in the Bradford district are bulging with wool, and the owners have to pay rental at great expense? He may think it is necessary to control a shortage, but why is it necessary to control an abundance?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

The necessity arises from the fact that the allocation of the ultimate manufactured material, which is in short supply, has to be dealt with.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Does the Minister also realise that there are large orders awaiting export?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

Certainly, and we have not yet the capacity or labour to cope with them.