HC Deb 15 April 1946 vol 421 cc360-1W
27. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now include chocolate and confectionery retailers in the scheme to provide coupons for overalls and towels to the food trade.

Mr. Belcher:

No, Sir. I do not think that assistants in sweet shops can reasonably claim privileged treatment.

28. Brigadier Low

asked the President of the Board of Trade why he now requires the expenditure of 12 coupons to buy an overcoat for a boy five years of age, whereas he only requires the expenditure of 10 coupons to buy an overcoat for a girl of any age up to 14 years.

Mr. Belcher:

Young children's wear, whether for boys or girls, which is pointed at a lower level than adult clothing, very roughly covers the ages 5 to 14. Until 7th June, girls' lined woollen coats within this range which ordinarily cost 12 coupons are reduced to 10 coupons only, whereas a boy still pays 12 coupons for a similar garment. This difference results from the fact that in the case of boys' garments there was no accumulation to justify temporary downpointing.

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