HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 c12
30. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider changing the present clothes rationing scheme to one of coupons issued on a monetary value basis to obviate the present position where a person who buys an expensive high quality commodity, in fact, receives an unfair advantage in coupon values over the poorer person who has, through necessity, to purchase the cheaper and poorer quality goods for the same amount of clothing coupons.

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir I am satisfied that the utility scheme ensures that good clothes can be bought inexpensively.

Mr. Lewis

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that a person who now pays £ 20 for a suit gets an unfair advantage over a person who can only afford to pay £ 4, and, therefore, will he review the coupon basis to make it more equitable between the rich and the poor?

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