asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of black-out material and that some shops have not had a supply for months; and what steps he is taking to remedy the inconvenience so caused?
Owing to a heavy seasonal demand, there is at present some shortage of black-out cloth. Output is being maintained at as high a level as supplies of labour and cotton yarn permit and is sub- stantially greater than last year. The public can help by not renewing their black-out curtains if they are still serviceable, or can be repaired.
Is some of this material held by firms being diverted to other purposes?
I hope not.