Overseas Gift Clothing (Distribution)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1948.

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Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North 12:00 am, 13th May 1948

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now permit bulk gifts of clothing received from abroad by charitable organisations to be distributed by those organisations coupon-free in needy cases.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

Yes, Sir. After consultation with the principal organisations who are responsible for importing gift clothing, I have decided to sanction the distribution of this clothing by appropriate organisations without surrender of coupons. I hope that licences will be issued in time for distribution to begin on 24th May.

Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North

Would my right hon. Friend say whether that concession applies to existing stocks?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk

It will apply to gifts already in this country and not yet distributed as from 24th May.