§ Mr. Marples
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that parcels sent to serving men in Malaya are frequently not arriving; and what steps he is taking to ensure that gifts such as cigarettes are reaching their destination.
§ Mr. Lawson
There are several points of transfer during the long journeys involved, and I am aware that opportunities for pilferage do unfortunately occur. The number of such losses is, however, infinitesimal compared with the number of parcels handled Specially trained military and R.A.F. police are being used to deal with the matter as far as is possible and train guards are provided on all important routes.