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Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has any information regarding increasing supplies of nylon and silk stockings; when these will appear in the shops; and if the price will be controlled.

The supplies of silk and nylon stockings which have been coming into the shops during the last few months will increase steadily, though I am afraid I cannot say rapidly. Most of the stockings of both kinds now being made are Utility and are price controlled.

Will the supply of stockings be increased at those places where at present they are mainly below the counter?

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that increased supplies of these goods would probably be one of the best tonics that he could give to the women of this country?

It was once said by one of the national newspapers, that my claim to recognition was that I understood the psychological importance of silk stockings. I can assure the hon. and gallant Member that that is true.