Owing to the acute shortage of rubber the production of rubber boots has been drastically curtailed. A fair share of the very limited supplies has been allocated to agricultural workers and, within this allocation, buying permits are issued each quarter through the county war agricultural committees.
Yes, Sir. I said that buying permits are issued from the county war agricultural committees out of the limited supply. We make them go as far as we can, and I anxious that agricultural workers should have their fair share.
May I ask whether the distribution of these permits is left to the discretion of agricultural committees or whether the agricultural labourers have any right of application?
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in many country shops in Eastern England it is impossible to get these boots, and that if you walk round any town shops you can get as many as you like; and will he give a fair distribution, as it is no use getting permits if you cannot get the boots?