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Polish Troops, Stafford

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Food what action he has taken to ensure that extra supplies of rationed food are available in the borough of Stafford to meet the demands of the Polish troops who are stationed at Seighford.

The Polish troops in question are fed in camp by the military authorities and cannot buy rationed foods from retailers. They may, of course, visit cafes and other catering establishments in the area but any increased demand of this kind can be met under the ordinary arrangements.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I was definitely informed yesterday by the Secretary of State for War that these troops are issued with leave ration cards, that this may involve many hundreds of these cards being issued at one time, and that there is a most serious complaint in my constituency, and I believe in others, about the enormous extra demand for rationed goods and the inadequate supply for the local population?

I would be glad to look into the circumstances if my hon. Friend would let me have the particulars.