HC Deb 12 December 1944 vol 406 cc1048-9
64. Mr. Storey

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether as the people with special needs to whom priority dockets for the purchase of sheets and blankets are issued do not include those whose stocks were, even before the war, at a low level owing to long unemployment, he will amend the conditions governing the issue of priority dockets so as to include such people.

Captain Waterhouse

While sympathetic with the purpose of my hon. Friend's proposal, I fear that for reasons both of supply and administration I cannot extend the conditions governing the grant of priority dockets in the manner suggested.

Mr. Storey

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that in the households described in the Question, the Home Guard's overcoat is the principal bed covering? Will he not reconsider his refusal, in the light of that fact?

Captain Waterhouse

I am well aware that there is a very grave shortage of bed coverings throughout the country but I am also well aware that there are many categories of people, other than those mentioned in the Question, who are equally short.