HC Deb 14 November 1950 vol 480 cc1529-30
6. Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for War what canteen facilities are available for British troops now in Korea.

Mr. Strachey

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Gillingham (Squadron Leader Burden) on 7th November.

Mr. Bishop

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the N.A.A.F.I. units now on the way to Korea will be sufficient to serve all British troops in Korea?

Mr. Strachey

Yes, Sir.

Sir Ronald Ross

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that in view of the almost abnormally high standard of welfare and facilities for American troops particular attention should be paid to facilities for British troops, so that they will not feel that they are getting less than their allies?

Mr. Strachey

I think that is an important point, and we have kept it in mind.

Earl Winterton

Will the statements which are to be made as a result of the favourable reply to a supplementary question by me last week about the general position of British troops in Korea include fuller information about canteen facilities and other things such as winter clothing?

Mr. Strachey

I cannot anticipate the statement of my right hon. Friend.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Will opportunities to serve be given to voluntary organisations, such as the Salvation Army and the Y.M.C.A., which did such good work of this kind in the past?

Mr. Strachey

That we can consider. Some facilities are already in being there and others are on their way; they are N.A.A.F.I. facilities.