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Soldiers' Gifts From Egypt (Prices)

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that British soldiers in Egypt are being charged 15s. a pair for women's stockings of a quality retailed in Britain pre-war at 9d. a pair and with an 8-inch foot against the average British foot of 9½ inches, making them in most cases un-wearable; and will he arrange to warn the troops against purchasing useless gifts at exorbitant prices?

I have every reason to think that the local military authorities will have taken such steps as are possible to warn British troops against being imposed upon in this way, and I have asked the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East, to consider whether any further, action in this direction is possible and desirable.

Will my right hon. Friend consider an extension of the activities of the Desert Purchasing Organisation which was set up for this very purpose?