Clothes Rationing (Coupon Issues)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th February 1946.

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Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 25th February 1946

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the fact that 18 coupons have to be surrendered for a woman's coat or suit, he will increase the number of coupons allocated for the next rationing period from 14 to 18.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds North East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that refusal of this very modest request will cause great disappointment? And is he also aware this is causing great concern to manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in the clothing trade who have large stocks of coats and suits which, they fear, they will not be able to sell this year?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I fear that it would cause much greater concern if more coupons were issued than can be cashed.

Photo of Mr Francis Douglas Mr Francis Douglas , Battersea North

Marshall asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the small increase which he has allowed in the clothing coupon ration, if he will now consider allowing coupons to Regular fighting men arriving in the United Kingdom after serving over three years in a foreign station to enable them to obtain some plain clothes.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

No, Sir. I regret that this is not possible.

Photo of Captain Arthur Marsden Captain Arthur Marsden , Chertsey

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman reconsider this and allow Regular Servicemen to obtain civilian clothes with coupons?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

It has recently been reconsidered in association with the Service Ministers.