HC Deb 17 October 1944 vol 403 cc2176-7
11. Sir E. Cadogan

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that during the recent visit of E.N.S.A. to the Kohima-Imphal Front only five tickets to each troop of 32 men were issued which caused great disappointment to the battle-weary troops in that rest area; and whether he will see that E.N.S.A. makes a more liberal issue of tickets or gives more performances, particularly in those remote war areas where entertainment is most essential for our fighting forces.

Sir J. Grigg

The allocation of the E.N.S.A. entertainment available in India and South-East Asia Command is made by a Services committee. The quantity of entertainment at this committee's disposal has recently been much reduced owing chiefly to sickness, to termination of contracts and to the travel restrictions. Arrangements are now, however, well in train to augment considerably the present volume of E.N.S.A. entertainment, and a more liberal issue of tickets as well as an increased number of performances should follow as soon as the reinforcements arrive.

Captain Poole

If sufficient volunteers for this theatre of war are not forthcoming, will the right hon. Gentleman consult the Minister of Labour with a view to directing some of these people to take up service there?

Sir J. Grigg

I would rather like notice of the suggestion, and perhaps the hon. and gallant Member would put a Question down to me.