§ Mr. Manningham-Buller
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of boots and shoes which it is estimated will be produced in each month of the first half of 1946.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
The monthly production of leather boots and shoes during 1945 has varied between 6.8 and 7.3 million pairs. With a reasonable return of labour to the industry and no hold-up in materials, I hope that the monthly rate will rise by June, 1946, to 8,000,000 and by the end of the year to 9,000,000. The pre — war rate was approximately 11,000,000.