§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
asked the Minister of Food whether he will take steps to remedy the shortage of soap and soap-flakes in the areas of New Malden and Worcester Park, Surrey.
§ Mr. Strachey
The position in the New Malden and Worcester Park areas has been investigated and I am satisfied that there is sufficient soap of all types to honour the consumers' rations. There 335W has been, however, only a small margin of supplies and I have recently authorised manufacturers to increase distribution by 5 per cent. In addition, I have arranged for the coupons unused during period 7, which ended on 1st February, to be valid until 1st March. This will give people another chance to buy their rations.