HC Deb 27 June 1949 vol 466 c54W
77. Brigadier Rayner

asked the Minister of Food why self-employed persons are not permitted a special soap allowance when the nature of their work corresponds with that for which allowances are permitted for those employed by others.

Dr. Summerskill

Special soap allowances are provided through their employers for workers in a number of occupations on grounds of health or the dirty nature of the work. This also applies to self-employed workers. Allowances are also made to employers who provide washing facilities for their employees at the place of their work. These allowances do not apply to self-employed workers, who are able to wash at home.