HC Deb 24 July 1941 vol 373 cc1060-1
63 . Sir W. Davison

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of difficulties which have arisen with regard to the sending of clothing parcels to prisoners of war by reason of the fact that, although the Red Cross are prepared to refund coupons expended in the purchase of clothing for prisoners of war, many relatives are not in a position to find the necessary coupons in advance, a considerable number being often required; and whether he will consider issuing special permits to deal with this difficulty?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Waterhouse)

I am glad to be able to inform my hon. Friend that arrangements have now been made with the British Red Cross Society for an initial advance of 40 coupons to the next-of-kin of prisoners of war. These coupons may only be used for buying clothes for parcels to prisoners and will be refunded by the Society, as hitherto.

Sir W. Davison

Then it will not be necessary for the individual buying clothes in advance to give his own coupons in order to get these special coupons, which will not be taken from his own supply?

Captain Waterhouse

No, Sir.

64. Mr. Culverwell

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will permit recognised Service comforts associations to purchase wool for knitting without coupons, provided they give an undertaking not to abuse the privilege?

Captain Waterhouse

As stated by my right hon. Friend, detailed arrangements are being worked out with the Service Departments and others concerned for the issue of coupon-free wool under certain conditions to approved organisations.

Mr. Culverwell

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that these comforts associations like to maintain a personal touch by sending the articles which they produce to certain units and will he see that this personal touch is retained?

Captain Waterhouse

I am well aware of that. That is one of the important details being worked out with the Departments.

Mr. Mander

I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.