HC Deb 13 April 1943 vol 388 cc1033-4
6. Mr. Parker

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that many children are now absenting themselves from school owing to being ill-shod and ill-clothed due to the fact that parents are taking children's coupons for their own use; and whether he will take steps to ensure that traders only remove coupons from children's books for the purchase of articles used by children?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. I have no evidence that the concession, whereby families may pool their clothing coupons, is being abused to the disadvantage of the children. On the contrary, my information is that most parents willingly give up coupons for the benefit of their children.

Mr. Buchanan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that for the greater part of the population, particularly among the working class, the reverse is taking place and that women are sacrificing their coupons?

Mr. Dalton

That is what I said.

Mr. Stephen

Will the Minister consider increasing the proportion of women's coupons as compared with men's, in view of the greater need of women for clothing?

Mr. Dalton

That is a different question.

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