HC Deb 22 April 1947 vol 436 cc93-4W
90. Mr. J. Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for War what cuts in the cigarette ration have been, or are to he, made in the British Army at home and abroad; and whether any exception will be made for those engaged in more arduous duties.

Mr. Bellenger

If the hon. Member is referring to cigarettes issued free, there has never been an issue of cigarettes to soldiers at home. The concession under which members of the Forces in the United Kingdom have been able to buy limited quantities of cigarettes at pre-1942 Budget prices will, as announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget speech, cease with effect from 27th April next. There have been no cuts in the free ration issue to troops abroad. The question how long this free issue, which was introduced as a wartime measure, should be continued is' at present being considered.