HC Deb 29 January 1947 vol 432 cc199-200W
Mr. Hobson

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the failure of many retailers in the Kingsbury and North Wembley area to meet the soap allocation for December; and if he will take the necessary action to ensure adequate distribution in that part of Middlesex.

Mr. Strachey

The quantity of soap available in retail shops in many parts of the country recently has provided only a relatively small margin over the total required to meet the ration, and accordingly housewives may have had to try more than one shop before getting the kind they desire. I think this is probably the reason for the difficulties in the Kingsbury and North Wembley area. Manufacturers have been authorised to increase by 5 per cent. the quantity of soap they may distribute, and I hope this will ease the difficulties of retailers in securing the supplies they need.

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