HC Deb 13 March 1946 vol 420 c1105
72. Mr. Norman Bower

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that many laundries are now refusing to take the work of their former customers; and if he will arrange for an extra soap ration to be granted to those people who have to do their own washing, owing to the inability to get it done by a laundry.

Dr. Summerskill

My right hon. Friend is aware that, largely owing to shortage of labour, many laundries are unable to accept any more customers, but he regrets that he is not able to provide them with extra soap rations. The hon. Member will appreciate that many housewives have managed all along to do their own laundering without the provision of extra soap rations.