asked the President of the Board of Trade how he proposes to relieve manufacturers and traders of the surplus stocks of clothing, including overalls, which are now held by them for various reasons, including the inability of the public to provide the necessary coupons for purchase which, in many cases, causes at least temporary financial embarrassment to those manufacturers who cannot at present dispose of their stocks, upon the production of which they have devoted their energies and capital?
Yes, Sir. Production of clothing is, in general, confined to the minimum required to meet coupon demand. There are, however, limited stocks of certain kinds which appear surplus to current needs, and arrangements have been made with the Ministry of Supply for their acquisition. Full details of the clothing required, including overalls, and the procedure and conditions for purchase, have been given to the trade associations concerned.