HC Deb 12 December 1939 vol 355 cc1003-4
21. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied with the issue of cigarettes, tobacco and matches to the forces in France; is he aware that some companies have only received 50 per cent. of what they were promised, and will he see that there is an equal distribution of the available supplies to all ranks; that there is no preferential treatment to any; and that the men in or near the lines are given first consideration?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)

Since the middle of October the full scale has been issued. Equal distribution is made to all ranks irrespective of their location, and further enormous quantities of tobacco and cigarettes have been given to the troops.

Mr. Hannah

Will the Government try to show appreciation of the action of Turkey by buying tobacco from that country?