HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc51-2W
112. Major Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the discontent among all ranks in parts of C.M.F., M.E.L.F., and especially in Palestine, at the lack of proper accommodation for the winter months and the lack of welfare, in particular, entertainment facilities; what steps are being taken to remedy these serious deficiencies; and whether he is aware that the impression among the men in these places is that, while their officers have done everything possible with the resources available, these deficiencies are the direct result of financial restrictions imposed by the Government.

Mr. Bellenger

I am already examining the questions of accommodation and entertainment in Palestine and elsewhere. With regard to the former, much has been and is being done to effect improvements but labour and supplies are the main difficulties rather than finance.

116. Mr. J. Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent the delay in completing the permanent camps for troops in Palestine South and North of Gaza is due to materials having been diverted to the construction of a new camp for refugees in Cyprus.

Mr. Bellenger

So far as I am aware the delay has not been caused by the use of materials for the Cyprus Camp.