HC Deb 14 October 1941 vol 374 c1219
4. Sir H. Williams

asked the President of the Board of Trade why he has made an order which will have the effect of rationing women more drastically in respect of cosmetics than men and women are rationed in respect of cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco?

Sir A. Duncan

The object of the recent Order was to regulate more closely the manufacture of cosmetics. It does not reduce the quota of supply available to the public. On the contrary, by release of stocks in the hands of wholesalers increased supplies will become available. I do not think that a comparison can usefully be drawn between the use of cosmetics and the consumption of tobacco.

Sir H. Williams

Why does one amiable vice have preference over another?