HC Deb 08 July 1941 vol 373 cc18-9
31. Mr. Mander

asked the President of the Board of Trade under what conditions permission can be obtained for knitting groups not officially recognised by one of the three Services, but which have been working regularly making comforts for men on service and sending them direct, to obtain their wool without coupons?

Sir A. Duncan

I am not yet in a position to make a statement on the general question, but in order to meet the needs of knitters in the meantime it has been arranged that until 16th August khaki knitting wool may be sold without coupons. I regret that it is not possible to give similar exemption to other colours of wool, since they are extensively used for civilian purposes.

Mr. Mander

When does my right hon. Friend hope to be able to make a definite statement, in view of the great anxiety felt among these small bodies, which have carried on excellent work since the beginning of the war, without any criticism?

Sir A. Duncan

I appreciate their anxiety, and an announcement will be made as soon as possible.

38. Mr. Banfield

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take into consideration the problem of industrial concerns who have no coupons, but who must purchase lengths of material, rubber boots, etc., to enable them to carry on; and can he give a decision on the matter at an early date?

Sir A. Duncan

As regards lengths of material, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Bilston (Mr. Hannah) on 2nd July. As regards rubber boots and other rationed goods purchased by industrial concerns for their employees, I am hoping shortly to arrange special facilities under the rationing scheme.