HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 c663W
Mr. Leslie

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the heavy wear and tear of hospital uniforms, some concession can be made with respect to the coupons required for renewals of uniforms?

Captain Waterhouse

As recently announced in the Press, special temporary arrangements have been made for nurses of the British Red Cross Society, the St. John Ambulance Brigade and members of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John to obtain their uniforms without surrendering coupons. For other hospital nurses, arrangements are under discussion with the British Hospitals Association and, in the meantime, the hospitals may obtain supplies of rationed goods without coupons by giving traders a receipt specifying the goods and stating that these have been supplied for their use.

Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give consideration to the claims of disabled ex-Service men with limited incomes, who, having lost a leg or legs in the Great War, and are using artificial limbs, causing enormous wear and tear to trousers and socks, are very much handicapped by the clothing rationing; and whether he will make some concession to them which will relieve their natural anxiety?

Captain Waterhouse

My right hon. Friend is considering what arrangements can be made to meet the needs of persons who for any special reasons require more than the normal clothing ration. I will see that the cases mentioned by my hon. Friend are borne in mind.