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Shoe Repairs (Leather Quota)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware fiat shoemakers in Southern England have recently experienced great difficulty in obtaining leather suitable for shoe repairing; and if there is likely to be any improvement in the supply in the near future.

All shoe repairers receive a fixed quota of leather, and if the noble Lord will give me details of any repairer who is unable to get his authorised quota, I will have the matter looked into at once. I must add, however, that leather is too scarce to allow repairers enough for all their work, and rubber soles and heels must, therefore, be used on a large percentage of repairs.