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Utility Cloths

Volume 476: debated on Monday 26 June 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what regulations are imposed by him with regard to the quantity of wool, cotton and rayon, to be used in the weaving of cloth and cotton piece goods; and what is the variation in percentages compared with pre-war.

The only Board of Trade regulations in this matter are the Orders we now have which define the specifications of utility cloths. There are, a large number of these specifications, covering many types of cloth, all cotton, all wool, all rayon and mixtures. Detailed statistics of the composition of mixture fabrics, either now or pre-war, are not available, but the quantities of rayon and cotton used in woollen spinning and felting, for example, in April, 1950, were 500,000 lb. and 740,000 lb. respectively out of a total raw material consumption of 27,160,000 lb.