HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc755-6W
Mr. Spearman

asked the Minister of Health if he will give an assurance that the loans to local authorities in the coastal areas to enable them to lend £150 to traders will be granted on the merits of the case and not on whether they happen to be inside a geographical line arbitrarily drawn.

Mr. Willink

In deciding whether to authorise any particular local authority to make loans to small traders and to put the authority in funds for that purpose, I shall, of course, have regard to the merits of the case; but the Defence Regulation governing the matter limits my discretion to holiday resorts lying within a prescribed coastal area.