§ Mr. S. Shephard
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage of all the popular brands of cigarettes in London; and what steps he proposes to take to increase supplies.
§ Sir S. Cripps
Yes, Sir. Although 7½ per cent. more cigarettes of certain popular brands are being delivered to the London shops than were being delivered in September, demand is still greater than supply. It is not possible to increase supplies further, but it would materially ease the position if the public would refrain from buying in advance of their immediate needs.