HC Deb 18 March 1940 vol 358 c1640
58. Mr. J. Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for War what distinctions are drawn in regard to privileges such as postages and cigarette allowances between the men serving in France and Palestine, respectively; and what are the reasons for such differences where they exist?

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

Troops in France are given free postal and cheap telegraph facilities and have a free allowance of two ounces of tobacco or cigarettes a week. These advantages are not admissible for troops in Palestine or other stations. The distinction lies in the fact that troops in France are serving in a theatre of active operations.

Mr. Morgan

Are we to presume that if Palestine or such an area becomes a theatre of operations, these facilities would automatically apply?

Sir V. Warrender

I think that that would be a fairly safe assumption.