Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces, India and Burma (Welfare)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1945.

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Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern 12:00 am, 21st February 1945

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the troops serving in India and Burma still complain about the unsatisfactory welfare conditions in these theatres of war, asserting that little improvement has followed upon Lord Munster's recent visit of inquiry; and what action has been taken to meet these criticisms.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Much has been done since my Noble Friend's visit, and more will be done continuously, to the best of our ability, under the conditions which prevail.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the great lack of radio receiving-sets in the South East Asia Command, and will he take steps to send 10,000 sets out immediately for the troops there?

Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern

Will my right hon. Friend consider evidence which I will submit to him on this matter?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Certainly, I will consider any evidence. I received a report from my officer, General King, two or three days ago, and I have carefully selected the points which seem to require attention, and have sent them to the various Ministers concerned. I hope in the near future to receive the replies, and to have action taken accordingly.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that those people—not many—who tried to hide the true facts from Lord Munster will not be able to do anything to prevent the necessary action being taken?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I was not aware that such a charge had been made against any of our officials or officers out there, but I think the ordinary processes by which our Government make their decisions effective will be sufficient to ensure that a decision taken with the full approval of this House is not obstructed.