Clothes Rationing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Banfield Mr John Banfield , Wednesbury

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the allocation of clothing coupons for overalls, etc., to flour confectioners so as to bring them in line with the allocation for bread bakers, in view of the fact that all bakehouse work involves heavy wear and tear on clothing?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Trade unions representing the workers referred to by my hon. Friend should submit their case for supplementary coupons for the present rationing period to the Board of Trade, through the Trades Union Congress, when I shall be very glad to consider it.

Photo of Mr John Banfield Mr John Banfield , Wednesbury

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this matter has been submitted to the Trades Union Congress and that no satisfaction has been obtained? Does he realise that these overalls are necessary in the work of preparing food?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I shall be very glad to look at any argument which my hon. Friend or the trade unions representing these men put up.

Mr. Davidson:

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the claim of the Clyde Boilermakers Shop Stewards' Association for an increase of extra clothing coupons; and has he any statement to make?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I shall be glad to give full consideration to any claim that trade unions representing shipbuilding workers may put to me through the Trades Union Congress for the present rationing period.

Mr. Davidson:

Am I to take it that the right hon. Gentleman recommends the representatives of the men to make applications through their various trade unions, and that such applications will receive his fullest consideration?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Yes, Sir. We are always very glad to give full consideration to any application so submitted; we are now just starting a new rationing period, in which supplementary coupons may be adjusted.

Mr. Davidson:

Have any representations been made in the past by the unions representing these men?