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Evening Meals

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements are made to ensure the feeding of British troops in Korea between 5 p.m. and breakfast the next day.

The British ration provides for a meal between 5 p.m. and breakfast. Under operational conditions, it is not always possible to provide a hot meal after 5 p.m., in which case compo rations are made available.

Whilst appreciating that for operational reasons it is not always possible to provide hot meals in forward areas, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman has seen a statement by a War Office doctor that some of the troops are having to spend as much as £1 a week out of their pay for chocolates to stave off hunger during this 14-hour gap?

I do not think anybody in a forward area would have the opportunity of spending £1 a week on chocolate, but I can assure the hon. and gallant Member that, from everything I have heard, there is a general opinion that the rations for the British Army in Korea are extremely good.