Retail Traders (Coupons)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 8th March 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the President of the Board of Trade what scheme he has in operation, or is to be in operation, in connection with a coupons float for the relief of retail traders who suffer from coupon loss through price or quality reduction of stocked goods.

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

Coupons are issued to traders whose stocks of rationed goods have been lost or Damań£ed by war risks and by certain civil risks. I am also prepared to consider applications for the issue of coupon floats to retailers where it is established that this is necessary in order to enable the needs of consumers to be met. I have no information that other arrangements are necessary and have none in view.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Has my right hon. and gallant Friend seen the statement made by the chairman of Lewis's Ltd. that when the scheme is in operation they will get the benefit of it? Will my right hon. and gallant Friend take care that the small retailer who cannot set-off for depreciation, will get a proper share?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

I have seen an account of the speech, but I have not read it in detail. I will read it. We will certainly take any steps to see that the small retailer is not disadvantaged.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Is the Minister aware that most retailers already have a big pull through their credit, and that their difficulty is that they cannot get stocks to restock?

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

That is not universally true. Some retailers are short, I know.