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Men's Clothing (Restrictions)

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 2 November 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has yet considered the proposals of the Bespoke Tailors' Guild that permission should be given to make double-breasted suits without waistcoats for men, in view of the saving of material involved, and that it should be permissible to distribute pockets about a suit as desired by the customer; and what decision he has come to?

Yes, Sir. I have considered these proposals, but I am not prepared to relax any of the restrictions on men's clothing at the present time.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the submissions from the Bespoke Tailors Guild showing how bespoke tailors can make appreciable savings in wool, rayon and cotton if allowed to make two-piece suits and asking permission to make trousers with turned-up bottoms so that these garments may be repaired; and whether he is also to make a statement?

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to-day to my hon. Friend the Member for Yardley (Mr. Salt).