HC Deb 12 December 1922 vol 159 c2608W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that warm clothing and comforts sent out by their families to officers and men in the Dardanelles so far back as the end of September had not reached them in the second half of November; and whether he will take measures to expedite their delivery?


I have been asked to answer this question. Parcel mails for the troops in the Dardanelles are normally despatched by sea direct andviâ Marseilles. The service viâ Marseilles was interrupted by a strike at that port about the end of September, and the delay referred to is probably due to the fact that a mail despatched viâ Marseilles about the end of September had to be returned to this country and re-despatched. The service viâ Marseilles has been resumed, and arrangements are in hand to make use of a second line of ships from that port. In addition, Army parcel mails are now being sent by transports.