§ Colonel Lyons
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can now make a statement upon the welfare arrangements that have been made for British troops arrived in or passing through Calcutta on leave from the Far East and other stations in the Burma operations.
§ Mr. Amery
The Government of India and the military authorities are actively pursuing the question of improvements to coaching stock and messing arrangements for troops travelling to India on leave from the 14th Army Area. Coaching stock used for leave purposes from 14th Army Area is now being reserved for this purpose only, and arrangements are in hand to convert 200 coaches exclusively for military use. Messing arrangements are being improved by halting trains at "Messing Stations," where men will be able to get a full meal in the evening, and tea and refreshments at other times. Calcutta itself is well equipped with leave centres, canteens and rest camps.