§ 73. Mr. Murray
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many extra coupons overseas delegates, now in Lon don on the Preparatory Commission, are receiving; and how many have been given to diplomats and their secretaries arriving in Britain in the last month.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
No issue of coupons has been made to the delegates to the Preparatory Commission. As a matter of convenience, arrangements have been made for a small pool of coupons to be placed at the disposal of the Conference Department of the Foreign Office for the issue of a small number of coupons to those dele gates who are in special need of clothes during their visit. With regard to Diplomatic staffs, about 1,400 coupons were issued to Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps arriving in this country in November in accordance with the arrangement which was announced in re ply to the hon. Member for Melton (Mr. Nutting) on 14th November.
§ Mr. Murray
Is my hon. Friend aware that only two weeks ago I asked in a Question to his Department for an in crease in coupons for youth organisations, and I was informed that the country was in such a desperate position that nothing could be given? Would my hon. Friend explain why he is giving such an extra amount of coupons to these delegates?
§ Mr. Oliver Stanley
Might I ask what the hon. Gentleman means by "a small number of coupons," because people here and abroad may have rather different ideas of what a small number of coupons" means? Secondly, I would like to ask the hon. Gentleman whether these delegates are not arriving here fully clothed?
§ Mr. Vernon Bartlett
Would the hon. Gentleman bear in mind this suggestion, that where coupons are, for one reason or another, given to these delegates, they should also be given a leaflet pointing out to them what is the ordinary ration of coupons for a British citizen?