HC Deb 21 November 1945 vol 416 cc434-5
61. Lieutenant Shepherd

asked the Minister of Food if he is now able to dispense with the modification of soap rationing recently announced, as this imposes additional clerical work upon the trade.

Sir B. Smith

No, Sir. While I appreciate the volume of extra work involved, I am afraid that it will be necessary to maintain the recent changes in soap rationing so long as soap is in short supply.

Lieutenant Shepherd

Is not the Minister aware that if the industry could get a few more men it could produce enough soap?

Sir B. Smith

The hon. and gallant Member is no doubt quite aware that oils and fats are among the things which are in the shortest supply in this country at the present moment.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

What steps is the Minister taking to secure that oils and fats which previously went to the armaments industry are made generally available?