HC Deb 20 July 1943 vol 391 cc667-8
8. Mr. Summers

asked the President of the Board of Trade, what steps he is taking to assist householders, who have taken in evacuees over a long period, to renew household linen worn out by them, and who may find it impossible, without help, to continue to provide billeting accommodation?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. As' I informed my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for King's Norton (Major Peto), on 2nd March last, in reply to a similar Question, the only essential household goods subject to coupon are towels and tea cloths; and everyone who does not provide his own should take his turn to contribute a coupon or two when replacement is necessary.

Mr. Summers

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is becoming practically impossible for many housewives to continue to give accommodation to evacuees and lodgers? Will he look into the matter again to see whether some assistance cannot be given, because housewives cannot rely on lodgers to provide coupons?

Mr. Dalton

They had better stimulate the lodgers to do their share in response to the hospitality they are receiving.

Mr. De la Bère

Is not bigger and better thought wanted in this matter?