HC Deb 19 June 1941 vol 372 cc841-2W
Mr. Mander

asked the President of the Board of Trade under what conditions permission can be obtained for knitting groups not officially recognised by one of the three services, but which have been working regularly making comforts for men on service and sending them direct, to obtain their wool without coupons?

Captain Waterhouse

As I informed my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for St. Marylebone (Captain Cunningham-Reid) yesterday, this matter is under consideration.

Mr. Rostron Duckworth a

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether clothing coupons for the current year will, if not used, be valid, in the interests of economy, for the subsequent period?

Captain Waterhouse

It may be desirable to prolong the validity of clothing coupons beyond 31st May, 1942, and the matter will be kept under review.

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that confusion has been caused for retailers and customers by the Clothes Rationing Order as affecting schoolchildren; and whether, as height, measurement of girth and size of feet do not denote the age of a boy or girl, he will amend the Order to ensure a more definite distinction between adults and children?

Captain Waterhouse

The size limits selected are those which have been in operation for several months in connection with the Purchase Tax. I fear that it would not be possible to base the distinction between adults and children on the age of the presumed wearer.

Mr. Tinker

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether coupons for clothes can be used in the same way as food coupons, namely, for the whole of the household, or will each individual be called upon to use his own, separately?

: Yes, Sir. Coupons may be pooled among

Captain Waterhousemembers of a household.