§ 40. Mr. R. C. Morrison
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that British soldiers in Egypt are being charged 15s. a pair for women's stockings of a quality retailed in Britain pre-war at 9d. a pair and with an 8-inch foot against the average British foot of 9½ inches, making them in most cases un-wearable; and will he arrange to warn the troops against purchasing useless gifts at exorbitant prices?
§ Sir J. Grigg
I have every reason to think that the local military authorities will have taken such steps as are possible to warn British troops against being imposed upon in this way, and I have asked the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East, to consider whether any further, action in this direction is possible and desirable.
§ Mr. Turton
Will my right hon. Friend consider an extension of the activities of the Desert Purchasing Organisation which was set up for this very purpose?