§ 129. Mr. Wadsworth
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied with the arrangements made for the transport of British troops to the Middle and Far East commands, taking into consideration That it is well over a year since VJ-Day; and if he will assure the House that each man is alloted either a hammock or a bunk to sleep in.
§ Mr. Bellenger
I am satisfied that the arrangements made for the transport of British troops are the best possible in present circumstances. As hon. Members will lately have seen in the Press, improvements are constantly being effected and as soon as pressure of work in the shipyards and our trooping commitments permit the chips which are to form the postwar trooping fleet will be refitted t bring them op to the higher standard considered desirable. On voyages to the Middle East and Far East it is usually166W possible to allot each man a hammock or a standee, that is a folding bunk to sleep in although it may well be necessary at times to resort to "hard lying" particularly on homeward voyages.