HC Deb 06 November 1946 vol 428 cc1362-3
11. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps are being taken to make the R.A.F. camp at Miho, Japan, habitable for the winter which is already approaching; and whether he is aware that the men there have no heating and are short of all foods, except carrots, and are in a discontented state.

Mr. de Freitas

When we took over this airfield, conditions were very poor, but we have improved them a great deal. The buildings have been reconditioned against the winter and electric and coke stoves have been installed. At one time transport difficulties caused a shortage of fresh food, but the messing is now satisfactory. In spite of the difficult conditions which prevailed for the first few months, the morale of our men has been good.

Mr. Teelinǵ

Is the hon. Gentleman certain that he is right in saying that everything has been prepared for the winter? Is he aware that, only three weeks ago, I received an air mail letter saying that nothing had been started, although everything had been promised to try to get some heating installed?

Mr. de Freitas

Yes, Sir, I am quite certain that that has been looked at now and that those conditions do exist.

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