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Clothes Rationing (Heavy Industries)

Volume 388: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make as a result of his discussions with the Trades Union Congress about further clothing concessions to workers in the heavier industries?

Yes, Sir. The Trades Union Congress have agreed that in present conditions the various arrangements which my right hon. Friend has already made for industrial workers meet the essential needs of the great majority. There may however be individual cases of hardship among some of the workers in the heaviest industries. To meet these special cases, arrangements have been made to make a small pool of coupons available to any undertaking engaged in mining or quarrying or in the heavy chemical, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, carbon, coke and by-product, gas or shipbuilding industries. Details of these arrangements are being notified to the employers and workers concerned.