HC Deb 21 March 1944 vol 398 cc650-1
19. Mr. Wakefield

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he is taking to ensure that, when troops return from hot climates overseas, during the cold weather period, they are placed in billets rather than under canvas.

Sir J. Grigg

Instructions have already been issued to ensure that, wherever possible, troops who have just returned from overseas should be put into winter accommodation rather than into tents, and I am glad to say that in most cases it has been possible to avoid accommodating them in tents.

Mr. Wakefield

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that reply will give considerable satisfaction in the many quarters where people, who have recently returned from hot climates, have been put under canvas?

Sir J. Grigg

I think I told my hon. Friend, in reply to a previous question, that the number of people concerned is only 1 per cent, of the whole, and moreover, some of these people who have returned from hot climates, have returned by way of the snow-clad mountains of Italy.