Cigarette and Tobacco Supplies.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements have been made whereby soldiers can buy cigarettes and tobacco at pre-Budget prices through the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes and other canteens?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The total amount of cigarettes and tobacco allocated to Service canteens is not being increased following the Budget concession, and the arrangements previously in force, to secure an equitable distribution of the available supplies, are at present being continued. In future, however, the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes will act as the central distributing agency for all supplies, and it is anticipated that the improved control of supplies to canteens which they are introducing as from 1st June will ensure that as far as possible entitled personnel receive their fair share.

Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that those canteens which are not in the ring controlled by the C.V.W.W. are not penalised; and, secondly, can he say whether coupons will be issued to the troops?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I shall be grateful to the hon. and gallant Member if he will put that Question down. It seems to me to be a little complicated.

Photo of Lieut-Commander Richard Tufnell Lieut-Commander Richard Tufnell , Cambridge

Can my right hon. Friend say whether these benefits apply also to merchant seamen?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

That is not a matter for me.