HC Deb 27 May 1946 vol 423 cc817-8
43. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the President of the Board of Trade, if he can now see his way to increase the number of clothing coupons on the next occasion.

Mr. Belcher

My right hon. and learned Friend has already expressed the hope that the ration from next September will be at the annual rate of 52 coupons. The actual decision must be taken in the light of the latest information about the supply position, but my hon Friend can rest assured that my right hon. and learned Friend is most anxious to raise the ration to the highest possible level.

Mr. Tolley

Will the hon. Gentleman give any indication when it will be possible to give an increase in clothing coupons?

Mr. Belcher

I have already indicated that my right hon and learned Friend has expressed the hope that he will be able to do so in the September rationing period. I do not think the hon. Member can expect me to go beyond that.