HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 cc862-3
63. Mr. Thorne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give any information in connection with the charge made against Annie Morris and others that came before the Salford police court of selling clothing without a coupon; if he is aware of similar sales of clothing without coupons in munition works; and what action he intends taking to prevent this illegal trade.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Waterhouse)

Proceedings in the case to which my hon. Friend refers were taken by the police. Annie Morris and two other women were charged with three offences against the Consumer Rationing Order and were fined sums amounting in the aggregate to £40. Sales of clothing without coupons in munition works are the subject of constant attention by my officers; inquiries are made whenever there is reason to suspect offences of this kind, and wherever possible proceedings are taken.