asked the President of the Board of Trade the percentage of safety razor blades released by wholesalers to the quantity purchased by the public, based on the period June, 1939, to June, 1940?
I regret that the particulars for which my hon. Friend asks are not available. The total production of blades in this country in 1937 was 562,000,000. Production last quarter, in spite of labour and raw material difficulties, was at the rate of 564,000,000 a year and was higher in the two previous quarters. I am giving close attention to this question.
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman give figures as to the releases?
No, Sir, but I am going into this matter very carefully, as I am not satisfied at present.