Soap Rationing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 18th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether supplementary rations of soap to various classes of workers is contemplated?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Major Lloyd George):

Provision has already been made to enable miners at collieries where there are pit-head baths to obtain soap free of the ration for use at such baths. The needs of other groups are under consideration.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Is it not possible to free medicated soap from the restrictions, and, if not, could not arrangements be made to issue coupons against a doctor's certificate?

Major Lloyd George:

I will look into that matter.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Does the reply mean that supplementary rations of soap will be available to miners who have to wash at home because there are no pit-head baths at the pit?

Major Lloyd George:

I cannot add anything to my reply. As I have said, the needs of other groups are under consideration. Pits which have pit-head baths have soap, and those which have no soap will come under review.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Will the Minister expedite this decision as quickly as possible?

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Morpeth

Could not a uniform soap ration be granted in the case of those pits which have no pit-head baths?

Major Lloyd George:

That is what I meant when I said that the needs of other groups are under consideration.

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

Is the Minister considering the advisability of giving more soap to people living in London?

Major Lloyd George:

There is a Question on the Order Paper dealing with that point.

Photo of Mr Francis Douglas Mr Francis Douglas , Battersea North

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can arrange to increase the soap ration in the area of the Metropolitan Water Board on account of the excessive hardness of the water?

Major Lloyd George:

ND, Sir.

Photo of Mr Francis Douglas Mr Francis Douglas , Battersea North

Does not the Minister consider that it is unfair to districts where soap does not go nearly as far?

Major Lloyd George:

It is impossible to be absolutely fair. If you gave extra soap to London, you would have to give it to other areas as well, and it would be very difficult to say where hard water ends and where soft water begins.

Photo of Reverend George Woods Reverend George Woods , Finsbury

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether provision will be made for additional soap to be allowed to meet the respective requirements of infants and babies, and families unable to make use of the service of laundries?

Major Lloyd George:

My Noble Friend will give careful consideration to the soap requirements of the classes referred to by my hon. Friend, but he has so far no evidence that the prescribed ration will not prove to be sufficient for every class of domestic consumer.