89. Mr. I. O. Thomas
asked the Minister of Food, in view of the expectation that the recent changes in the points rationing scheme would cause difficulties for traders and housewives, whether he will now make a statement on the effect of the changes so far.
§ Mr. Webb
It is too soon for me to form a considered judgment on the working of the revised scheme, which has only been running for a week. However, letters I have received suggest that housewives are finding it harder to plan the use of their points, especially for small households, and that people who usually spend all their points on the foods that are still rationed are finding it difficult to do so. I am afraid these difficulties are the natural result of having so few commodities on points, but I do not think I would have been right to go on rationing plentiful foods merely in order to avoid difficulties. I undertook, however, to review the whole effect of the 157W revised scheme at the end of about four weeks working, and that review will take place.