asked the Secretary of State for War if he will arrange for officers of the Women's Royal Army Corps, who hold appointments in London, to be provided with central messing facilities.
I regret that shortage of accommodation prevents the establishment of a women officers' mess in Central London. There is a women officers' mess at Richmond and women officers can make use of the War Office Luncheon Club.
Would the right hon. Gentleman look into this again, because these officers have a justifiable sense of grievance? With the rising cost of living and the very heavy calls on their pocket they find it difficult to maintain themselves in London.
We would very much like to have a central mess in London——
You have got it!
—but we are always being pressed very hard to get out of accommodation, and it is very difficult to combine the two requests.
Has the right hon. Gentleman considered taking over one of the London County Council restaurants for this purpose?