HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 c863
64. Mr. Kirby

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will increase the supply of matches and pipe-cleaners for retail sale to the public.

Captain Waterhouse

No, Sir. Matches are being made in this country up to the limits of the capacity available and imports would not be justifiable, and there are ample supplies of utility lighters. Materials for making pipe-cleaners, not required for more important uses, have been released from time to time.