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Utility Products

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give figures to show to what extent, over a representative range of commodities, he has been successful in increasing actual and relative supplies of utility articles, as compared with non-utility.

I give below the information requested regarding certain clothing and household textiles. As regards utility furniture, very detailed figures of actual supplies are published in the

Total Supplies for home consumption (a)Percentage of these supplies in Utility scheme
Woven cloth for clothing:—sq. yds.
Cotton and LinenJanuary-February, 194956·0369
January-February, 194864·7276
Rayon and NylonJanuary-February, 194936·3870
January-February, 194837·3771
WoolJanuary-March, 194962·2673
January-March, 194855·8073
Household textiles:—Thousands
TowelsJanuary-February, 19494,14481
January-February, 19484,42083
SheetsJanuary-February, 19491,24087
January-February, 19481,55191
Cotton blanketsJanuary-February, 19491,29790
January-February, 19481,11884
Wool blanketsJanuary-March, 19491,28397
January-March, 19481,27095
million pairs
Footwear (other than rubber)January-March, 194934·093
January-March, 194831·651
£ million
Hosiery (b)January-February, 194914?890
January-February, 194811·788
'000 articles
Corsets and brassieres (c)October, 1948-January, 19498,97380
October, 1947-January, 19489,55390
MattressesDecember, 1948-February, 194966283
December, 1947-February, 194871573
(a) Including imports where these are significant.
(b) Includes outerwear, underwear, socks and stockings, and garments made up from knitted fabric in the hosiery industry.
(c) Surgical corsets, belts and brassieres have been omitted.