HC Deb 25 July 1944 vol 402 c581
38. Mr. E. J. Williams

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to provide additional clothing and household linen to meet the increased demand in the evacuation areas.

40. Sir Richard Wells

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will allot extra coupons for household necessities to householders who have accepted evacuees.

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Dalton)

Towels are the only household necessities which require coupons. I am arranging with my right hon. and learned Friend, the Minister of Health, to make towels available, coupon-free, with other household goods, to householders who have not enough to meet the additional strain imposed by billeting official evacuees. I regret that the shortage of sheets makes it impossible to include them in this scheme. Arrangements have also been made to ensure that all official evacuees have adequate clothing. I have instructed my area distribution officers to keep a close watch on supplies of clothing and other essential goods in reception areas.

Mrs. Tate

Is the Minister including household cloths in towels?

Mr. Dalton

Towels and tea towels are the only household goods requiring coupons. I am putting a supply of these at the disposal of the Minister of Health, for distribution.

Mr. Barnes

Could not the Minister go the whole hog and take these towels off coupons?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. If I had not placed towels on coupons I would have had no stock to-day to place at the disposal of evacuees. That is a justification for my policy.

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