asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is in accordance with the instructions of his Department that no ration cards are now issued to men of R.E.M.E. going on week-end leave from Greenhill Camp, near Corsham.
The rules regarding the issue of leave ration cards are being carried out by this unit. Ration cards are normally issuable for all periods of leave of two days and more. Exceptionally, soldiers who regularly spend their weekly rest-day in the same private household are given a 72-hours food ration card once every three weeks in advance.
asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he takes to notify the Ministry of Food when large numbers of troops are being sent on leave in a particular district.
By arrangement with the Ministry of Food troops going on leave are provided with temporary or leave food ration cards, which are negotiable with any civilian retailers. It is not practicable to inform the Ministry how many troops are likely to be on leave in a particular area at any one time. So far as I am aware, however, no serious difficulty has been caused by purchases of food against temporary or leave ration cards.