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Canteen Vouchers, Europe

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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105.

asked the Secretary of State for War why the British Armed Forces special vouchers, originally issued to British troops in Europe, have been withdrawn.

Contrary to instructions the vouchers had been passing from the troops to the civil population, particularly in Austria, thus giving unauthorised persons a call on canteen supplies intended for the troops. To check this the original issue of vouchers held by authorised persons in Europe were exchanged for a new issue which then became the only vouchers acceptable in canteens, etc. The original vouchers held by unauthorised persons were thus made worthless.