Oral Answers to Questions — Clothes Rationing (Coupon Distribution).

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the inconvenience to which householders have been put in connection with the recent national distribution of clothing coupons; whether he is aware that in many towns applicants for the coupon book have spent as many as six and seven hours in queues; will he have inquiries made as to the reason for this public inconvenience and take steps to avoid its recurrence?

Major Lloyd George:

I am aware that in the early stages of the distribution queues formed in certain areas although many sub-offices were opened and wide publicity was given to the fact that these facilities would be available for 14 days. I believe that generally the scheme worked smoothly, but reports on the arrangements will be carefully studied with a view to effecting any possible improvements on a future occasion.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that in some districts police were called in to prevent incipient riots breaking out, and will he take steps to prevent this sort of thing happening again?

Major Lloyd George:

I am aware that inconvenience was caused in some places, some of it being due to kindness. In one instance which came to my notice one gentleman at the head of the queue had a suit-case in which there were 300 cards, and this rather upset the office.

Viscountess Astor:

Is not the amazing patience of people in queues one of the most extraordinary things in England?