I have recently, as the House knows, extended the priority classes entitled to utility furniture, and I shall increase the allowance as soon as circumstances permit. I am glad to say that the production of utility furniture is rising, but the labour and material which can at present be spared for this purpose are strictly limited.
While appreciating my right hon. Friend's reply, may I ask him whether he will sympathetically bear in mind those cases where the husband is serving in the Forces and the wife is endeavouring to establish a home for him on his return?
Yes, Sir, certainly. I am most anxious to do the best I can for the various sections entitled to these coupons, but the choice is between giving a larger quantity to a smaller number of people or maintaining the present allocation, in which a larger number can participate. In the present state of supply conditions, it is better it should remain as it is.
There is a special allowance for people who have been bombed out. Over and above the basic allowance of 30 coupons, seven units are allowed to each additional person, irrespective of age, who has been bombed out.