HC Deb 21 February 1945 vol 408 cc794-5
47. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the troops serving in India and Burma still complain about the unsatisfactory welfare conditions in these theatres of war, asserting that little improvement has followed upon Lord Munster's recent visit of inquiry; and what action has been taken to meet these criticisms.

The Prime Minister

Much has been done since my Noble Friend's visit, and more will be done continuously, to the best of our ability, under the conditions which prevail.

Captain Plugge

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the great lack of radio receiving-sets in the South East Asia Command, and will he take steps to send 10,000 sets out immediately for the troops there?

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Will my right hon. Friend consider evidence which I will submit to him on this matter?

The Prime Minister

Certainly, I will consider any evidence. I received a report from my officer, General King, two or three days ago, and I have carefully selected the points which seem to require attention, and have sent them to the various Ministers concerned. I hope in the near future to receive the replies, and to have action taken accordingly.

Mr. John Dugdale

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that those people—not many—who tried to hide the true facts from Lord Munster will not be able to do anything to prevent the necessary action being taken?

The Prime Minister

I was not aware that such a charge had been made against any of our officials or officers out there, but I think the ordinary processes by which our Government make their decisions effective will be sufficient to ensure that a decision taken with the full approval of this House is not obstructed.