Clothes Rationing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1942.

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Major Cazalet:

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will allow the coupons issued to serving officers to be used for the purchase of essential sports kit?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

Sports kit may already be supplied without coupons to units of His Majesty's Forces for their communal use. The Board of Trade are discussing with the Service Departments the possibility of allowing officers to use their coupons for the purchase of civilian clothing, including sports kit.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Would the hon. and gallant Gentleman say how an officer can communally use a pair of football boots?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

It means that they are used first by one officer, then by another officer.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the many complaints coming from colliery surface-workers engaged on work where damage to clothes is inevitable; that they are unable to replace same owing to shortage of coupons; and whether, in the interest of production, consideration to their claim will be considered?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

After consultations with the miners' representatives, additional coupons have already been awarded to many categories of colliery surface workers. I regret that it is not possible to supplement these awards for the present rationing year, which ends on 31st May.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

May I hope the hon. and gallant Gentleman will keep this matter constantly in mind, as it is causing a little irritation at some pits where the work is difficult?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

We are in touch with representatives of the men.