HC Deb 19 May 1943 vol 389 cc1099-100
46. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the proposal to issue the new ration books, with National Registration identity cards, to the public in Portsmouth from one centre only; what representations he has received from the municipal council on the subject; and whether he will take steps to meet the objections so far as possible?

Mr. Mabane

I am aware of the proposal to issue new ration books and identity cards in Portsmouth from one centre, and representations have been received from the city council. My Department's local officers will take all possible steps to minimise inconvenience to the public.

Sir J. Lucas

If labour shortage is the reason, as I understand it is, cannot the Women's Voluntary Services be called in?

Mr. Mabane

That is not the only reason for this procedure.

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