HC Deb 03 November 1944 vol 404 cc1101-2W
Major Mills

asked the Secretary of State for India to what extent Indian-made Player's cigarettes are still being supplied to troops in India and Burma, instead of cigarettes made in the United Kingdom; what is the price per 100; and how that price compares with cigarettes supplied to American and Australian troops in S.E.A.C.

Mr. Amery

All cigarettes supplied as rations or through canteens to British troops in India and Burma are Indian made cigarettes of well-known proprietary brands containing 70 per cent. of Indian tobacco. The prices charged in canteens vary somewhat, but Players cigarettes are on sale at 3s. 9d. a hundred. A free issue of cigarettes is included in field service rations. American canteens supply American cigarettes to United States troops at prices which, I understand, vary considerably according to brand. Brands are on sale at 1s. 5½d. and 1s. 10½d. per hundred. There are at present no Australian troops in India or Burma. Stocks of two types of Indian made cigarettes containing 70 per cent. American tobacco are now being made for trial distribution to the troops and arrangements are being made for large scale manufacture as soon as it has been ascertained which of these types the troops prefer