Free Cigarette Issue
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the free cigarette issue to Indian other ranks in the Indian army has been cancelled; and whether he will take steps to reinstitute this free issue.
There has been no cancellation of the free cigarette issue to Indian other ranks. My hon. and gallant Friend is presumably referring to the abolition in April last of the semi-concessional areas within the India Command. In 1942 when the Japanese threat was acute, parts of Southern and Eastern India in which troops were concentrated owing to their vulnerability to attack were declared semi-concessional areas. In these areas a free cigarette issue was given to Indian troops. When the Japanese threat to India had been removed, however, it was decided to abolish such areas. This involved the withdrawal of the free cigarette issue and a return to uniform treatment of all Indian troops in India.
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what rates of war gratuity will be paid to Indian other ranks of the Indian Army.
With the hon. Member's permission I will circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT
Following is the statement:
Indian Army Ranks and Rupees per month for each month of reckonable War Service.
|Daffadar, Havildar and equivalent rank||2/8/-|
|L/Daffadar, L/Havildar, Naik||2/2/-|
|Non comb. enrolled||1/2/-|
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any conversations have been begun with a view to recognising the government of Albania.
Yes, Sir, but I have no statement to make for the moment.
Could the House have an assurance that no claim on Albanian territory, from whatever quarter it may come, will have the approval or support of His Majesty's Government until there exists in Albania a recognised Government which can put the Albanian case before world public opinion, and the Council of the United Nations?
I think that that is quite another question, of which I should need notice.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the present position in China.
The process of disarming the Japanese forces in China is virtually complete. To facilitate this, United States troops have been landed at a number of points in Northern China. In the province of Yunnan, the Central Government have strengthened their control by removing the former Governor, General Lung Yun. Although reports of fighting between Government and Communist forces should be treated with reserve, the situation remains tense. Negotiations continue, however, between the Chinese Government and the Communists. The economic and financial situation remains confused. Dr. T. V. Soong and the Minister of Finance have recently visited Shanghai where currency difficulties are particularly acute.
Will the hon. Gentleman state what the position is in Manchuria at the present time?
There again, the situation is quite confused.