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Footwear Repairs

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if it is the intention of the Minister to adjust the regulation charge for the repair of boot and shoes to approximate to the increased price of leather, since the discontinuance of the subsidy and the normal trade increases of price that have taken place, and so ensure a fair return to the repairers for their work.


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, since the withdrawal of the subsidy on leather, a 60 per cent. to 75 per cent. increase has occurred in the price charged leather merchants for leather supplied to the small boot repairer; and what action he proposes taking in the matter.

An order came into force on 12th January permitting an increase on all pre-war charges for footwear repairs, to meet the higher cost of leather following the discontinuance of the subsidy. It has been explained to the trade association concerned that the other cost increases can only be considered in relation to a general investigation of costs and profits, and such an investigation is now being undertaken by the Central Price Regulation Committee.