asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that bombed-out families receive coupons for curtains for one window only and are required to fix black-out curtains or shutters to the remainder, which necessitates the burning of artificial light during the day; and whether he will now give instructions for extra coupons to be issued to provide adequate curtains?
I have recently made arrangements whereby bombed-out families may obtain, coupon-free, sufficient rationed curtain material to furnish their main living room. Black-out cloth is coupon-free in any case.
In view of the fact that these people have suffered considerable hardship, will the right hon. Gentleman, in the goodness of his heart, now reconsider the question to see whether he can give them coupons for more than one window?
If the hon. Gentleman had listened to the answer he would have heard that that has already been done. Arrangements have been made whereby they can obtain sufficient rationed curtain material coupon-free to furnish their main living-room.