§ 12. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will arrange to give further publicity, either through the British Broadcasting Corporation or in other ways, to the arrangements by which the relatives in this country of those serving abroad can enjoy cheap cable facilities in view of the anxiety caused by enemy air raids?
§ Mr. Law
I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend refers to the cheap tele- 746 gram facilities available to the next-of-kin of troops serving in the Middle East. Publicity has already been given to this scheme through the Press and the B.B.C., and I understand that it is being used to an extent which suggests that further publicity is unnecessary. Advice as to the details of the service can be obtained at any post office which accepts telegrams. Moreover, soldiers who do not receive telegrams by this service need feel no anxiety regarding their relatives if advantage is taken of the scheme whereby soldiers are specially notified in the event of a near relative becoming a casualty as a result of air raids on this country. I will send my hon. and gallant Friend full particulars.