HC Deb 27 February 1946 vol 419 c1906
30. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied with the conditions of travelling of R.A.F. personnel between Calcutta and Karachi.

Mr. Strachey

Owing to the shortage of rolling stock airmen sometimes, have to travel third-class on this route, but the numbers concerned are not large. Hot tea, and one hot meal a day are provided during the journey, and feeding arrangements have improved during the last year. The Command considers that on the whole, and taking local difficulties into account, travelling conditions on this route for members of the Royal Air Force are reasonably satisfactory.

Mr. Teeling

Will the hon. Gentleman assure the House that the Air Ministry is having everything possible done to improve travel, which certainly is not good?

Mr. Strachey

Travelling conditions in India are not under the control of the Air Ministry, but certainly we do everything we can to ensure the comfort of our Air Force members.