HC Deb 12 February 1946 vol 419 cc165-6
31. Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that at the Benevento camp in Italy, men have to sleep 12 to a hut, measuring six feet by nine feet, which has no light, warmth or proper sanitation, without beds and huddled on stone floors; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy this matter.

Mr. Lawson

My information from the Command concerned is that there is no substance in this complaint. The sleeping accommodation and the provision of light, heat and sanitation is in accordance with authorised scales

Mr. Allighan

Will the Minister look further into it if I send him the details of the complaints which have come to me from more than one man?

Mr. Lawson

Yes, Sir; I would be very pleased to look into the matter if I could get something more specific than this. I think it will be of interest to the House to know that the existing scale in C.M.F. is 45 square feet per man. I do not understand the Question at all, which states that the space amounts to 54 feet for 12 men.