I am afraid we cannot allow a special ration of soap for such apartment houses. The proprietors should make their own arrangements with their guests for soap in the same way as for other rationed commodities.
Surely, the right hon. Lady knows that those arrangements are very difficult to make and that there is a very good case for a slight increase in the soap ration; and would she not look at this matter again and, perhaps, in the course of the next week or two do something to help the keepers of apartment houses?
I am surprised to hear the hon. Member say that. Surely he must realise that these boarding house proprietors have no greater difficulty in making the ration go round than the ordinary domestic consumer.