Baby Wool

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th May 1947.

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Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East 12:00 am, 15th May 1947

The supply of baby wool is rather short in most areas, but I am not aware that it is any worse in Leyton, Walthamstow and Chingford than elsewhere. The Board of Trade do not regulate the distribution of this material, and I am, therefore, unable to direct supplies to particular areas. To meet the greatly increased demand due to the rising birthrate, I arranged last autumn for production of baby wool to he increased, but some output was unavoidably lost during the fuel crisis. The worsted spinners, however, who produce the bulk of these wools, have been given preference in the supply of fuel, and output is already increasing again. I hope that supplies in the shops will improve in the next few months. I am also considering whether anything can be done to give preference to expectant mothers and mothers of young children in the matter of supplies.