asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the shortage of soap and salt in Eastleigh, Hampshire, and whether a more equitable distribution of these commodities will be arranged, with a view to improving supplies in the South of England.
As regard salt I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply on this subject given on 9th October to the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Sir J. Mellor). So far as soap is concerned, I am aware that there has been a shortage in Eastleigh, but my local officers report that the position there now is very much easier. A new distribution scheme for soap requiring the removal of coupons from ration books was introduced on 16th September, and I am advised that the position in the South of England is rapidly improving.