Wet Canteens.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 23rd June 1942.

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Photo of Reverend James Barr Reverend James Barr , Coatbridge

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many wet canteens have been authorised in Scotland under the provisions of Defence Regulation 60AA (Canteens for civilian workers, seamen and fishermen)?

Mr. Johnston:

Three canteens have been authorised in Scotland under the provisions of Defence Regulation 60AA—two by the Secretary of State for Air and one by the Minister of Labour and National Service.

Photo of Reverend James Barr Reverend James Barr , Coatbridge

How is it that so little advantage has been taken of this particular Defence Regulation?

Viscountess Astor:

What has the Secretary of State for Scotland been doing all this time?

Mr. Johnston:

As to why so little advantage has been taken of Regulation 60AA, I should imagine, although it is only a guess, that the absence of any private appropriation of profits from these canteens has limited the number of applications.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

How many applications have been made to and refused by the right hon. Gentleman?

Mr. Johnston:

I should require notice of that Question.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

How many stoppages of work have taken place because of the lack of drinking facilities?

Mr. Johnston:

I know of none, but the hon. Member had better put down a Question.

Viscountess Astor:

Is it not the case that during the last war the Government of the day had to limit drink because they wanted to increase output, while this Government seem to think that the more you drink the better you work?

Mr. Johnston:

No, Sir, that is exactly contrary to the facts.