HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 cc20-1W
Captain Peart

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will grant a supplementary allowance of clothing coupons to teachers engaged in certain branches of their profession, such as domestic science, laboratory work and physical training.

Sir S. Cripps

No, Sir. I am afraid that I could not justify any such concession at present.

Mr. Gammans

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that 150 coupons are made available to Malayan Government civil servants to enable them to purchase tropical clothing and equipment before returning to their duties in Malaya, whereas only 75 coupons are made available to rubber planters and other civilians, most of whom lost all their clothing and possessions whilst internees under the Japanese, and whose requirements on returning to Malaya are no less than those of civil servants; and whether arrangements will be made to increase the number of coupons made available to those who are not Government employees.

Sir S. Cripps

All persons going to the Far East, including Malaya, for the first time are entitled to 150 coupons. In the case, however, of internees, they have already received a minimum of 150 coupons on their first return to this, country. When they leave this country again they are allowed a further 75 coupons. I am taking steps to see that all internees are treated alike in this respect.