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Rubber Boots

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that there are many pairs of rubber boots lying in Government offices, which were issued to fire squads in the early days of the war, are not now used and are useless for any work which the squads may be called upon to do; and whether, in view of the shortage of rubber boots for land girls and agricultural workers, he will call in these stocks and arrange for their re-issue to those who need them?

Instructions were issued to Government Departments in September last that all rubber boots issued for A.R.P. purposes, apart from those forming part of sets of anti-gas protective clothing, should be returned to the Ministry of Works. I should be glad to be informed by the hon. Member of any instances in which this instruction is not being followed.