HC Deb 23 October 1941 vol 374 cc1934-5W
Mr. Mort

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that tin workers have to wear aprons at their work; that four to six of these are required every year and three coupons have to be surrendered for each one; and whether he will consider putting these aprons on the exemption list?

Captain Waterhouse

The claims of tinworkers for coupon facilities to obtain additional clothing are being examined. Arrangements will be made to ensure that workers are not precluded by lack of coupons from obtaining the clothes necessary for their work, but the exemption of aprons suggested by the hon. Member might divert available supplies to those for whom they were not essential.

Mr. Goldie

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the discrepancy existing between the number of coupons required for the purchase of men's vests and of men's socks, having regard to the comparative weight of wool utilised in the manufacture of such articles; and whether, having regard to the necessity for the constant renewal of men's socks, particularly during the winter months, he will take steps to reduce the requisite number of coupons as was recently done in the case of handkerchiefs?

Captain Waterhouse

I would refer my hon. and learned Friend to the reply given yesterday to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson), of which I am sending him a copy.

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