HC Deb 06 February 1945 vol 407 cc1910-1
67. Mr. Dobbie

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will have inquiries made in regard to the complaints of members of His Majesty's Forces in Italy, details of which have been forwarded to him, regarding the conditions of a club, run by the N.A.A.F.I., in which members of His Majesty's Forces are allowed to purchase tea and buns only, whilst the members of Allied Forces are able to purchase teas and dinners; and will he take steps to get the same facilities for our troops as are allowed to other Forces.

Sir J. Grigg

My hon. Friend is mis-informed about the position. In the town to which he is referring, there is a station restaurant at which all men with a leave pass may buy full meals. Others may only buy tea and buns. This restriction, which applies to troops of all nationalities, is necessary to safeguard proper facilities for men from the front. There is, however, another club in the town at which all British troops may obtain full meals.

Mr. Dobbie

If I give the Minister further particulars, will he look further into this matter?

Sir J. Grigg

I am willing to do anything I can. I have sent out for the particulars to the theatre concerned, and have got back a perfectly categorical answer.