HC Deb 21 March 1940 vol 358 cc2114-5
53. Sir R. Clarry

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to bring more forcibly to the notice of the general public the vital necessity of personal sacrifice and maximum war effort to maintain the economic front, he will consider issuing a detailed statement showing the effort being made by every class of the community in France; in particular, their rates of pay in the services, stabilisation of wages, the heavy war contributions from munition workers of military age, the reduction of non-essential purchases of luxuries and imported commodities, together with the practical spirit of thrift and national desire to prevent anyone from being better off due to war conditions; and whether he will institute a campaign to encourage emulation by our people?

Sir J. Simon

I am sure our people recognise the extent of the efforts and sacrifices which are being made by every class of the community in France. There is need for equal efforts and sacrifices here, nor are they lacking. They do not necessarily take the same form in each of the two countries, but they are inspired by the same spirit.