HC Deb 19 November 1946 vol 430 c88W
161. Brigadier Peto

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the comfort of the troops at present serving in Palestine would be greatly improved by the provision of the ordinary amenities of permanent and semi-permanent tented camps, such as electric light, pillows, bolsters, sheets and adequate washing-up facilities; and whether he will cause immiedate steps to be taken by those responsible to supply some of these comforts, in order to uphold morale and encourage enlistment.

Mr. Bellenger

Approval has already been given for the provision of electric light and over three-quarters of the necessary stores have been sent but it is a major undertaking and completion is governed by the availability of labour. Sheets are now being packed for shipment and we are looking into the supply of bolsters, pillows and pillowslips. We are also seeing if we can improve washing-up facilities.

Brigadier Low

asked the Secretary of State for War how many British troops are employed in guarding and how many in orderly duties in Athlit camp in Palestine.

Mr. Bellenger

I consider that in present circumstances it would be inadvisable to give the information requested.