HC Deb 12 December 1944 vol 406 cc1050-1
70. Major C. S. Taylor

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many clothing coupons it is necessary for serving officers to surrender for a trench coat, without detachable lining, and a raincoat, respectively; and what is the difference between these two garments.

Captain Waterhouse

The number of coupons required for an officer's trench coat without detachable lining is 30 and for an officer's raincoat is 22. Roughly speaking, the difference between them is that a trench coat is double-breasted, fully interlined, has a wide skirt and usually has an extra outer piece on the shoulders. A raincoat is usually single-breasted, not interlined, narrower in the skirt, and lacks the outer piece on the shoulders. I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy of the Proofed Garments (Restrictions) Order, 1944, which gives descriptions of these garments.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's Department not consider that while officers stationed in Britain are very generously treated in the matter of coupons for clothing, and other garments that they require, officers abroad require every attention in the matter of finding garments, which are very scarce in certain directions?