HC Deb 22 July 1946 vol 425 cc305-6W
Mr. Digby

asked the Minister of Food if, he is aware that troops serving in India can obtain supplies of such articles of food as tinned fruit, peas, beans, butter, Argentine beef dripping, grape fruit, jam, marmalade, cereals, Kraft cheese and tinned milk from the canteen services, in addition to their rations; and, in view of the shortage of these items in this country, if he will arrange for some of these supplies to be diverted to the United Kingdom in future.

Mr. Strachey

With the approval of His Majesty's Government, the Indian Canteens Department does its best to supply a variety of goods for sale in Service canteens. The welfare of troops in India and elsewhere is a matter to which I attach so much importance that I should not feel justified in diverting the very small quantities of food involved.