HC Deb 15 October 1946 vol 427 cc783-4
23. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements are being made for the entertainment of British troops to take the place of E.N.S.A. in India, the East Indies, Ceylon, Burma and Japan; and whether, in view of the distance from home and the small amount of military work to be done, he will insist that good professional talent is sent out to them from home and that their entertainment is not left in the hands, of local talent collected amongst the troops themselves.

Mr. Bellenger

The Combined Services Entertainment Organization has been set up by the Army and R.A.F. to provide some "live" entertainment in place of that provided by E.N.S.A. Some 70 professional artistes have already been sent to A.L.F.S.E.A., who are responsible for the East Indies, Ceylon and Burma, but it will be understood that time and cost will limit numbers to be sent from the United Kingdom. British troops in India and Japan are administered by the Government of India and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Australia respectively. I understand that both these authorities are including "live" entertainment amongst the amenities which they are providing.

Mr. Bossom

Could the right hon. Gentleman say what he means by ", live" entertainment? Were not the people who went round with E.N.S.A. alive?