HC Deb 26 February 1947 vol 433 cc304-5W
Mr. Sharp

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the normal scale of haversack rations issued by transit camps in this country to soldiers proceeding on a rail- way journey of more than 12 hours' duration; why men of L.I.A.P. party ex-Otranto, who left Southampton transit camp in the early evening of 26th December, 1946, and arrived at Glasgow on the afternoon of 17th December, only received a haversack ration consisting of two sandwiches, one sausage roll and an apple; and what improvements he proposes making.

Mr. Bellenger

For journeys of more than 12 hours suitably packed haversack rations, which will vary with the estimated time of the journey, are issued to cover the whole period between departure from the unit and arrival at the final destination. In addition there are cash allowances for the purchase of additional food and drink. The party referred to left by a train that should have taken 14 hours but was delayed for four hours. I have called for a report on the feeding arrangements and will write to my hon. Friend.