HC Deb 25 November 1942 vol 385 c726
71. Lieutenant Butcher

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is satisfied that an adequate supply of rubber boots or, alternatively, stout waterproof leather boots are available for members of the Women's Land Army?

Mr. Pym (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. In view of the present acute shortage of raw rubber, my right hon. Friend is satisfied that the quarterly allocation of rubber which is being allowed for the manufacture of Women's Land Army gumboots is reasonable. All members of the Women's Land Army for whom gumboots are not available, can now be provided with two pairs of strong leather boots and proofed leggings. The boots are subject to the customary inspection before leaving the factory and, if properly greased before use, should be as waterproof as can reasonably be expected.

Lieutenant Butcher

Will the hon. Gentleman ask his right hon. Friend to make sure that the girls do get these boots which are provided for them?