§ Mr. H. Hynd
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now extend the issue of permits to buy utility furniture and priority dockets for household furnishings to people who have celebrated their silver weddings and find that the contents of their homes need replacement.
§ Sir S. Cripps
Supplies of utility furniture are not sufficient to justify an extension of the priority classes, and I should not in any case agree that those who have had their silver wedding necessarily have the greatest need to replace their furniture. As regards household furnishings, blankets can now be bought freely and70W many types of curtain material are available either coupon free or for the surrender of coupons, while as from 1st March sheets will be rationed and available against the surrender of coupons. Mattresses are still largely confined to the priority classes, but pillows and pillowcases are freely available.