Oral Answers to Questions — Private Spending (Economies).

– in the House of Commons on 6th February 1940.

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Mr. Graham White:

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider the advisability of issuing more precise and detailed advice to individual citizens with regard to how and where their expenditure should be reduced in the national interest?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

The essential need is that the individual citizen should reduce his expenditure as much as he can. Circumstances differ widely, and the manner and direction of the reduction must be a matter for his individual judgment. It is not practicable to prescribe a detailed code to which a consumer should conform, but he may derive some guidance from direct evidences of deficiency of supply of any article, such as high prices or rationing.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Would not the right hon. Gentleman prefer them to have opportunities for increasing their expenditure?