HC Deb 24 July 1947 vol 440 c1566
4. Mr. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take off all coupons from children's leather footwear, since adequate stocks are in distributors' hands and exceed the coupon-controlled demand.

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir. My information is that stocks of children's footwear are not unduly large, and they form part of the general supply of clothing needed to meet the ration.

Mr. Osborne

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that there is a surplus of the cheaper type of children's footwear and a dearth of the better qualities, and could he see that better leather is sent to the children's footwear manufacturers to satisfy the demand for better quality?

Sir S. Cripps

We are getting as good leather as is available. I hope that the leather situation is easing and that we shall be able to get more of better quality.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Cannot the right hon. and learned Gentleman show a slight bias in favour of children's footwear, because when one has a large number of children the position is very difficult?

Sir S. Cripps

There is a very large bias in favour of children's footwear.