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British Forces, Japan

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Defence whether, in view of the small numbers of the British Forces now remaining in Japan, he will consider the possibility of British Forces using the same currency as U.S. Forces; and the amalgamation of P.X. Stores and British stores.

These forces are integrated with the Australian contingent of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and could not be dealt with separately for this purpose. The Australian Government is also responsible for the canteen service for the whole of the Force. The hon. Member's suggestion is not one which I should wish to put to the Australian Government, in view of the dollar exchange which would be involved.