HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 cc992-3
1. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether British troops quartered in India will be excluded from the operation of any local law prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic liquor?

The Under-Secretary of State for India (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)

In none of the five Provinces where prohibition has been introduced so far, are British troops prevented from obtaining alcoholic liquor. In four of these Provinces the prohibition measures impose no restrictions upon them, while in the remaining Province they may drink in messes and canteens without permits. Any proposals for the extension of prohibition will be carefully watched by the Government of India from this point of view.

Sir A. Knox

Will the Minister remember that any proposal to interfere with the British soldier's beer, would have a disastrous effect?

Mr. Wedgwood Benn

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman see to it that the convenience of British residents in India does not interfere with the efforts of Indian reformers?

Mr. George Griffiths

Will the Minister also see to it that these chaps always get butter?

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