Clothing Coupons.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 23rd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the anomaly by which soldiers need to use their wives' or any other coupons, in order to buy handkerchiefs or underwear; and whether he will arrange that soldiers have coupons of their own?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Soldiers are under no such necessity. They can buy handkerchiefs from retailers on production of certificates from their commanding officers authorising them to do so. Underwear is issued to them, and replaced free as necessary.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Then why are the soldiers' wives so very unhappy and discontented?

Photo of Mr John McGovern Mr John McGovern , Glasgow Shettleston

Perhaps at losing their husbands.