PROVISION FOR EX-SOLDIERS Parliamentary Reporter WELLINGTON, this day. As the Government was concerned over the needs of returned servicemen who wanted civilian clothing it had given instructions that at least fifty per cent of stocks of suiting material must be made available to returned men, the Minister of Supply, Mr. Sullivan, announced during his speech in the Finance Bill debate in the House of Representatives yesterday.
Explaining the position regarding the supply of suitings and suits for civilians in the Dominion, the Minister admitted frankly that there were" real difficulties which were due to the tremendous demand op the mills for the supply of military clothing, and also the shortage of labour, particularly women, in the woollen mills and clothing factories. Another reason was that both the United Kingdom and Australia had placed quotas on the amount of suiting material New Zealand could obtain from them, the total being comparatively small compared with normal importations.
But the shortage was not nearly so pronounced as some critics had mentioned, continued Mr. Sullivan. One member had said that the Dominion required 300,000 civilian suits, but produced only 27,000 last year. The actual requirement was between 240,000 and 250,000 and the actual production last year was over 80,000' suits. Another 27,000 had been made in the first three months of this year.
Mr. Mackley (Nat., Masterton) "What about the price?
The Minister replied that that was one of the subsidised, stabilised items. While it was possible to pay 18 to 20 guineas for suits, they were also obtainable at substantially less. He knew members of the House who were wearing suits which had cost less than £10.
The acting-Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Poison: I wish they would give me the name of their tailor.
Mr. Richards (Govt., Roskill): I ■will be pleased to do so.
The acting-Leader of the House, Mr. Nash, said he thought the member for Lyttelton, Mr. McCombs, had such a suit, and another member mentioned was the member for Timaru, Mr. C. Carr.
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CIVILIAN CLOTHES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
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