§ 16. Mr. GREER
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that anxiety is prevalent amongst relatives of soldiers returning or expected to return from the war zones of the East, who, by reason of long service in hot climates 203 without home leave, are peculiarly susceptible to the changes of temperature incidental to the long journey involved, exposing them to risks from attacks of influenza and contingent maladies; whether he is aware that cases of death have already occurred from such causes following arrivals in this country from Eastern quarters; and whether steps have been or will be taken to provide adequate safeguards for men returning from such parts, by means of warm clothing, hot food, and suitable travelling accommodation?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I would refer my hon. Friend to the written answer which I gave yesterday to my hon. Friend the Member for Keighley, explaining the transport difficulties and the measures already adopted. The most strenuous efforts have been and will be made to improve the conditions in every way and to safeguard the health and comfort of the men. Conditions are getting easier each week