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Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the drapery and clothing trade about the difficulties caused by the choice of a mid-season date for the next issue of clothing coupons; whether he is aware that, while retailers may be discouraged from ordering heavy outerwear made from cloth which is already woven, public demand may be diverted to spring clothing, shortage of which will have been made worse by fuel cuts; and if he will consider reverting to the earlier date for the fresh coupon issue while increasing coupon values of certain types of clothing.

We have received certain representations from the clothing trade with the request that a deputation may be received. We should prefer not to express a final opinion until after this deputation has been seen, but on the facts at present available, we should not be justified either in shortening the ration period or in varying the existing pointings.