Oral Answers to Questions — Soap Ration (Apartment Houses)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Minister of Food when he proposes to increase the ration of soap for keepers of apartment houses who do not have a catering licence.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

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.

Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North

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?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

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.