HC Deb 03 August 1905 vol 151 cc69-70
DR. THOMPSON (Monaghan, N.)

To ask the Secretary of State for War if he will explain why the troops in the British Isles have been deprived during the present summer of any proper headdress to protect them from the effects of the sun; if numbers of the men have suffered from sunstroke; and if he will state by whose authority the felt hat has been abolished.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The new service dress cap, which supersedes the cap with cover and the sun hat, has been issued generally. This cap is considered sufficient protection from the effects of the sun in this country. The medical reports show very few cases of sunstroke during the last three months. The felt hat was abolished by authority of the Army Council.