HC Deb 02 February 1943 vol 386 cc726-7
10. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, at the recent fur auctions in aid of the Red Cross, coupons were demanded, thereby restricting purchases to the trade in most cases and resulting in a much lower sum being available for the charity; and whether, in future, he can make some concession for Red Cross sales?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Dalton)

Yes, Sir. Coupons must be collected whenever rationed goods are sold to the public. I could not justify a concession in the case of charity auctions or sales, as this would enable those who attend them to obtain more than their fair share of the limited supplies of clothing available.