HC Deb 25 July 1944 vol 402 cc565-6
12. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for War whether there is any regulation by which the first rows in the audience at any performance of E.N.S.A. are always reserved for officers and their friends.

Sir J. Grigg

No, Sir. Seating arrangements are normally made locally between commanding officers and E.N.S.A. managers.

Mr. Dugdale

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a practice in certain units, of officers bringing large parties of guests, and that this practice is resented by the men, who themselves are unable to pay for these seats, and who wish to avail themselves of the entertainment provided by E.N.S.A.?

Sir J. Grigg

Given the system we labour under, I am pretty certain that if there were anything more than a very sporadic discontent, I should have heard of it by now; and I have not heard of it.

Mr. Gallacher

Given the system we labour under, is it not likely that the officers will claim the best seats?