Welfare Work.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 1940.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any funds, and of what nature, are available for welfare work among the troops in this country?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

Hitherto, funds for welfare work in the Army have been found mainly from voluntary sources, to whose generosity I should like to pay a tribute. Recently, the whole question of welfare was exhaustively examined and certain recommendations were made. But my hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate it if I say that the recommendations came forward just when the Battle of France was beginning, and it has been difficult to deal with them up to now.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Will my hon. Friend hasten a decision on this matter, because there is a certain amount of concern as to how the welfare of the troops is being administered?

Photo of Mr Gilbert Gledhill Mr Gilbert Gledhill , Halifax

Is it possible to meet the cost of this welfare out of the large profits made by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute canteens?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I do not know what the profits are, but the suggestion will be considered.