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Christmas Fare

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements have been made in the way of food and liquid refreshment to ensure that all troops serving abroad enjoy a better Christmas than they have experienced during the last few years; and whether he will make sufficient transport available to carry such supplies beyond base areas.

The troops will receive their meat ration in pork and a cash grant which can be spent at N.A.A.F.I. or any local supplier. N.A.A.F.I. have arranged for considerable supplies of canned or frozen turkey, Christmas pudding, mincemeat, confectionery and beer, with oranges and other fresh fruit where possible. There is no reason why all the troops should not receive Christmas fare on equal terms, with the possible exception of parts of S.E.A.C. where active operations are in progress or distribution facilities cannot be fully restored in time.