Clothes Rationing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now reached a decision upon the issue to farm workers of boots and dungarees without coupons?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I regret that it is not possible, in view of the serious supply situation, to allow the supply of boots and dungarees to farm workers coupon free.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make as to the granting of supplementary clothing coupons for workers engaged in the retail business of preparing and selling groceries, fish, meat and other similar commodities?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Supplementary clothing coupons will be granted to many workers in the food distributive trades. For the precise arrangements, I would ask my hon. and gallant Friend to await a comprehensive announcement about the issue of supplementary coupons which I hope to make before the end of this month.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

Will the right hon. Gentleman make a statement before Parliament adjourns?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Parliament is due to adjourn shortly. I would like to make it before the end of the month, but I cannot promise it in a day or two.

Photo of Sir Spencer Summers Sir Spencer Summers , Northampton

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that in a number of cases staffs of managements are equally deserving of supplementary coupons as workpeople?