HC Deb 15 March 1938 vol 333 cc191-2
17. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Secretary of State for War, in connection with the improved accommodation on transports for trooping, what steps are being taken to provide improved accommodation for the sick?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The hospital accommodation in a transport provides both for invalids from stations abroad, and for cases of sickness arising on the voyage. In the newer transports, namely the "Dilwara" and "Dunera" and the two under construction, the cubic space for each individual has been increased. Improved types of bed and cot and better ventilation and lighting arrangements have been installed. The dispensaries are larger, and facilities for microscopic work have been provided. Several other kinds of improvement have also been adopted, such as refrigerators instead of ice chests, proper cot lifting units, and so on. The women's wards are similarly improved, and a separate medical inspection room for women has been provided. In the older transports, higher standards of comfort and equipment have been provided as far as the accommodation will allow.

Mr. De la Bère

Can my right hon. Friend make more widely known the good work that has been done, in order to assist in recruitment?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I am much obliged to my hon. Friend. I am sure that the answer to any question put by my hon. Friend will be made widely known.