HC Deb 01 December 1943 vol 395 c337
14. Sir A. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that airmen in North Africa complain that they can only get one pint of English beer a week to drink; and whether arrangements can be made to increase this quantity?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

I am aware that there has been a shortage of English and other beer for the Forces in North Africa. Efforts are being made to increase the supply but the difficulties, of which transportation is one, are considerable.

Sir A. Knox

Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration that I have had a letter from the commander of a squadron who says that morale is likely to suffer if these troops do not get beer?

Sir A. Sinclair

I am very anxious, I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend, to get more beer out to the troops.

Mr. Liddall

Will the right hon. Gentleman also press for an improvement in the quality?