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.
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?