HC Deb 26 June 1940 vol 362 c439
24. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any funds, and of what nature, are available for welfare work among the troops in this country?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Richard Law)

Hitherto, funds for welfare work in the Army have been found mainly from voluntary sources, to whose generosity I should like to pay a tribute. Recently, the whole question of welfare was exhaustively examined and certain recommendations were made. But my hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate it if I say that the recommendations came forward just when the Battle of France was beginning, and it has been difficult to deal with them up to now.

Sir T. Moore

Will my hon. Friend hasten a decision on this matter, because there is a certain amount of concern as to how the welfare of the troops is being administered?

Mr. Gledhill

Is it possible to meet the cost of this welfare out of the large profits made by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute canteens?

Mr. Law

I do not know what the profits are, but the suggestion will be considered.