HC Deb 06 March 1947 vol 434 cc622-3
10. Mr. Spence

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, under present conditions, he will reconsider his Department's decision that a dressing gown is a non-essential garment; and whether he is aware that the coupon value allocated has virtually stopped production of these garments.

Sir S. Cripps

In present circumstances, dressing gowns must continue to be regarded as relatively inessential for all but infants and young children; and the fact that current supplies appear to keep pace with demand, although the present low paintings discourage production, suggests that the public takes the same view.

Mr. Spence

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the coupon value which is surrendered by the public is only about half the actual coupon value of the cloth, and that this restriction is tending to produce a bad type of dressing gown, more or less the equivalent of a raincoat?

Sir S. Cripps

It is intended to decrease the production of dressing gowns.

Commander Noble

Will the Minister give special consideration to small firms whose business has been specially de signed to make these garments, and which are now virtually out of business?

Sir S. Cripps

Generally we get complaints about most matters but we have not got any complaints about that.