HC Deb 07 August 1919 vol 119 cc576-7W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the steamship "Indarra," which left Bombay on 9th May, 1919, bringing home demobilised troops, was insufficiently supplied with food; that the last meal served to the men on the train was served at 4 p.m. on 8th May, and no further meal served till one o'clock next day on the ship; that the bread, meat, and vegetables were of extremely bad quality and often uneatable; and that there was a shortage of tea; have similar bad conditions been complained of in respect to other troopships; who is responsible for such conditions; and will they be prevented in future?


According to the voyage report of the steamship "Indarra," the food and water supply were sufficient and the meat supply of very good quality. No complaints were reported, and there have been no complaints of bad conditions on other troopships. If my hon. and learned Friend will furnish me with any information to the contrary in his possession, I will have special inquiries made, but it will necessitate reference to India.