HC Deb 07 April 1949 vol 463 c2208
59. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to what extent a new issue of clothing rationing books has been printed; and what was the cost to public funds.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The supply for 1949–50 had been completed at an estimated cost for paper and printing of £112,000.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Would not this expenditure of public funds have been saved if the Government had taken Lord Woolton's advice last summer and dispensed with clothes rationing?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The advice which presumably Lord Woolton gave to the Party opposite has cost this country many millions.

Sir Richard Acland

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that Lord Woolton's advice two years ago was to cut out all capital development and public works expenditure?