Clothes Rationing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the permanent turn-up of men's and women's trousers is not used in Service and civilian uniforms, serves no useful purpose and wastes cloth; and whether he will issue an Order prohibiting it?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I am taking steps, in consultation with representatives of the trades concerned, to eliminate the wasteful use of materials and labour in the manufacture of clothing. My hon. Friend's suggestion will certainly be borne in mind.

Mr. Keelingg:

I hope that my right hon. Friend in the meantime is not having any trousers made for himself with permanent turn-ups?

Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that persons employed on oily operations in the engineering and other industries rapidly wear out their footwear; and what steps he is taking to meet the needs of this class of person?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Trade unions representing workers in engineering or other industries whose normal ration is insufficient to cover their essential clothing and footwear should submit to the Board of Trade, through the Trades Union. Congress, full information about their special needs. All such claims receive careful consideration.