HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 cc200-1
77. Mr. Boyce

asked the Secretary of State for War what provision is made at main line railway stations in London and the chief provincial centres for canteen services for the use of home, Dominion, and Colonial service men who may be passing through them; and whether such services are capable of rapid expansion in case of need?

Mr. Stanley

Various voluntary organisations whose work in this respect is co-ordinated by the Council of Voluntary War Work on which they are represented, are operating 40 canteens at railway stations in London and the provinces, and 26 more will be opened shortly. I am informed that these canteens are, in most cases, capable of fairly rapid expansion. There is also a considerable number of other canteens run by private enterprise at railway stations throughout the country.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Minister see that these troops get better tea at the stations than is served in the ordinary station bars?