HC Deb 28 January 1941 vol 368 cc436-7W
Mr. Cocks

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the value of buckets in fire-fighting, he will consider increasing the quota allowed for these articles under the Limitation of Supplies Order?

Mr. Lyttelton

No, Sir. I am informed by my right hon. Friend, the Minister for Home Security, that bags, not buckets, should be used for storing sand and for dealing with incendiary bombs, and, further, that industrial concerns and local authorities should make the fullest use, as water containers, of 4-gallon petrol tins, which are available in large quantities from the Army. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of an announcement made on this subject on Monday, 27th January.

Mr. Temple Morris

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether steps have been taken, in view of the increase, through evacuation, of the population in various parts of South Wales, to increase the amount available of articles of clothing?

Mr. Lyttelton

I realise that reception areas need more supplies than other areas, and the Limitation of Supplies Orders allow wholesalers to divert their supplies from one area to another within the limits of their quota. I have seen representatives of the textile wholesalers, who have given an undertaking that in allocating supplies they will take account of the new distribution of the population.