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Channel Island Refugees

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any steps were taken, or will now be taken, to meet the hardship of Channel Island evacuees who left their homes without change of clothing and therefore have been in difficulties respecting clothing coupons; and whether they can be granted one supplementary issue of coupons?

The last refugees from the Channel Islands arrived here in June 1940. Clothes rationing was introduced in June, 1941, and arrangements were made for supplementary coupons to be issued by the local offices of the Board of Customs and Excise to those refugees who were still short of essential clothing. These arrangements should have met the refugees' needs; and applications are now entertained only where exceptional hardship can be proved.