§ 11. Mr. Keenan
asked the President of the Board of Trade, why tailors and clothing outfitters in Liverpool are unable to obtain supplies of men's flannel trousers; and why there is an abundance of women's flannel slacks for which there is little demand.
§ Sir S. Cripps
I am not aware that tailors and outfitters in Liverpool are not obtaining their share of the supplies of men's flannels. There is a general shortage because, while demobilisation led to a large increase in demand, the output of cloth especially of worsted flannel trouserings is increasing only gradually and is still well below prewar. So far as women's garments are concerned, I have no reason to suppose that manufacturers will continue to produce in any quantity those types for which there is little demand.