Eighth Army (Cigarettes)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 30th November 1943.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

asked the Secretary of State for War what complaints he has received regarding the poor quality of the V brand of cigarettes issued to the Eighth Army; and what action he proposes to take?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

In the past cigarettes for the Eighth Army had of necessity to come from India, but I hope it will be possible before long to supply them with English cigarettes.

Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these cigarettes cannot be described in Parliamentary language, and will he take steps to see that in future the soldiers are supplied with cigarettes of good quality?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I have answered the second part of the supplementary. As regards the first part, I am given to understand that the Eighth Army have had the cigarettes for a long time, and their discontent at what they were missing only became manifest when they had a small consignment of English cigarettes.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Would it not be possible for the Government to purchase from Canada some of the marvellous "Sweet Caporal" cigarettes which are supplied to the Canadian Forces?

Photo of Mr Bartle Bull Mr Bartle Bull , Enfield

Is my right hon. Friend aware that for two or three years these V brand of cigarettes have been called "Spitfires" and that the soldiers do not wish to see or hear any more of them?