HC Deb 15 April 1907 vol 172 c583

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will, state whether the stokehold boots have been found satisfactory in practice; and, whether it is possible for the issue to be made to each man personally annually, so as to avoid the unpleasant consequences which sometimes arise in the use of the boots by different men.

(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) These boots are not yet in general use, but they have been found quite satisfactory in the ships in which they have been tried. It has not been considered necessary so far to adopt the method of issue suggested by the hon. Member, and it is proposed to await further experience in the matter.