HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 c1162
63. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Food if he will make the additional soap ration, at present allowed to babies up to the age of 12 months, available for infants up to two years of age.

Mr. Strachey

It would take about 4,000 extra tons of soap a year to make the concession, for which my hon. Friend asks. In the present shortage of fats I am sorry I cannot do it.

Mr. Austin

Will not my right hon. Friend make a slight concession? In view of his well-known concern with domestic affairs, perhaps he would attempt to do some washing without soap, and see how difficult it is?

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

Can we assume that in accordance with the democratic principles of the Government the people concerned will be consulted before any change is made?

Mr. Strachey

We try to do that.

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