HC Deb 21 October 1946 vol 427 cc1314-5
84. Mr. George Jeger

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will authorise a special issue of clothing coupons to mayors and mayoresses to enable them to uphold their civic dignity.

Sir S. Cripps

Such issues have been made since October, 1945, and are administered by the regional controllers of the Board of Trade.

Mr. George Wallace

Is it not a fact that ladies' and gentlemen's suspenders are coupon-free?

Mr. Keeling

Does the Minister think that fine feathers make fine birds?

87. Mr. Wilson Harris

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the state of the nation's underwear, he will make a bonus issue of clothing coupons.

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir. The overall improvement in supplies of clothing is already reflected in the increased number of coupons which became available on 1st August.

Mr. Harris

Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman, who, I believe, has a human heart beating against underwear which may be little better than mine, realise the effect that the ceaseless round of patching, darning and stitching is having on the happiness and health of the wives of the country; and will he not, in their interest, relax the relentless export drive a little?

Sir S. Cripps

The evidence before us is that the new coupons have been spent largely upon underclothing; so that the position is now better.