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.
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?