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Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the present shortage of cigarettes throughout the country; and whether he will take steps to increase the quantity available for purchase by the public.

I am aware that the shops are not always able to satisfy the demand for the better known brands of cigarettes, but I regret that it is not possible, with the labour at present available, to increase supplies of these brands. As my hon. and learned Friend is, no doubt, aware, the requirements of the Armed Forces are still very heavy.