HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc904-5W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is in a position to disclose what arrangements have been made for the agricultural worker whose need for protective clothing, without coupons, is as great as any factory worker, but who is at present refused equality of treatment?

Captain Waterhouse

Certain items of protective clothing used in agriculture are already exempted from the rationing scheme. Other special needs are included in the discussions mentioned in the reply given to the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher) and others on 24th June.

Mr. Lambert

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the scarcity of juvenile clothing, especially in the reception areas of the West of England; and whether steps can be taken to ensure that further supplies may be made available in districts where there are a large number of evacuees?

Captain Waterhouse

Yes, Sir, and as similar reports have been received from other districts, it has been decided to relax, until 30th September, the quotas under the Limitation of Supplies Orders on children's garments as well as on certain other goods in short supply. In addition, and for a similar period, arrangements have been made under which the clothing manufacturers may receive certain kinds of cloth, used for the garments in question, outside the quotas and without being required to surrender coupons under the clothes rationing scheme.