HC Deb 04 June 1940 vol 361 c783W
Dr. Summerskill

asked the Secretary of State for War what are his reasons for not adopting the practice of the last war of putting Maisons Tolérées out of bounds for the British Expeditionary Force?

Mr. Eden

This matter has been the subject of most careful and anxious consideration. The policy of the Army Council and of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force has been to promote good behaviour and health in the Army both by precept and by the provision of all possible opportunities for sound physical and mental recreation and entertainment. The temptations afforded by the establishments referred to in the Question have been ignored or resisted by an overwhelming majority of our soldiers, and it is felt that to place the establishments out of bounds would result in far worse evils.