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Wool Restrictions (Men's Socks)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he proposes to relax the restrictions on the length of men's socks in view of the difficulty that traders will have in disposing of these and other style-controlled garments after the war when the restrictions are lifted?

No, Sir. The reduction of the leg length of socks to nine inches saves a great deal of wool and the manufacture of longer socks for the civilian market cannot be permitted. I am glad to have this opportunity to give an assurance that effective steps will be taken at the right time to assist traders to overcome any such difficulty as my hon. Friend has in mind.