Children's Utility Clothing

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1951.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford 12:00 am, 12th April 1951

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he is taking, following consideration with the appropriate committees of the Light Clothing Federation, to deal with the increasing difficulty of obtaining children's utility clothing.

Photo of Mr Hervey Rhodes Mr Hervey Rhodes , Ashton-under-Lyne

I am meeting two committees of the Light Clothing Federation tomorrow to discuss what action needs to be taken to increase the supply of children's utility clothing.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the widespread worry about children's clothes and the shortage of utility wear, and can he say what are the particular lines which are very scarce?

Photo of Mr Hervey Rhodes Mr Hervey Rhodes , Ashton-under-Lyne

The lines that are particularly scarce are underwear and light outerwear.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a further embarrassment is the price of children's utility clothing? Is he satisfied that the profit margin will not allow of cuts in its prices?

Photo of Mr Hervey Rhodes Mr Hervey Rhodes , Ashton-under-Lyne

A comprehensive review has been undertaken of these prices and it will be out in a few days' time.

Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Does not the Minister agree that the price of children's clothing appears to be relatively greater than the price of adult clothing, and will he look into this very carefully since it is a matter of grave concern to mothers?

Photo of Mr Hervey Rhodes Mr Hervey Rhodes , Ashton-under-Lyne

Yes, Sir, certainly. One of the disadvantages of negotiating with the trade on this matter is that there is no Purchase Tax in this field.