HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 cc619-20W
Mr. Lunn

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of the Armed Forces stationed in this country are supplied free with tobacco, cigarettes and postage; and whether he will see to it that the same opportunities are given to all those who are in the Army, Navy and Air Force?

Captain Crookshank

A free issue of tobacco and cigarettes is about to be made to the Forces stationed in the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Free postage facilities are already allowed to the personnel of sea-going ships. These arrangements are made owing to special conditions. As regards concessions to the Forces in this country generally, my right hon. Friend feels that in the conditions which obtain to-day, it would be difficult to make a differentiation, having regard to the wide range of other persons now engaged in Defence services, many of whom are not in a dissimilar financial position.