HC Deb 22 July 1946 vol 425 cc1650-1
7. Mr. Pritt

asked the President of me Board of Trade whether he will arrange for an issue of clothing coupons to ballotees on their discharge from work in the mines, corresponding to some extent to the issue thereof to men and women demobilised from the Armed Forces.

Sir S. Cripps

Workers who have been conscripted or directed to heavy manual employment in industry are entitled, equally with those who enter it voluntarily, to supplementary coupon facilities; these are calculated as far as possible to offset any extra wear and tear caused by their work, and should, with their ordinary coupon ration, enable them to maintain an adequate stock of clothing. No industrial worker is entitled to a special supplement on leaving his job, and there would be no justification for making an exception in the case of ballotees to the mines.

8. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the President of the Board of Trade what additional clothing coupon allocation it is intended to make to schoolchildren who will be engaged in agricultural harvesting this year, in view of the added wear and tear involved.

Sir S. Cripps

I am afraid that I can make no provision for young harvesters as such. I would remind my hon. Friend that, between 1st August next and 1st March, 1947, children between 10½ and 16 will receive 6o coupons from the basic ration and supplementary coupons and those between 16 and 18, 50 coupons.