§ MR. LEA
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the General Officer Commanding, Malta Command, has ordered that plain clothes are not to be worn in his command by non-commissioned officers and men granted pass or furlough; and whether, in view of the second sentence of paragraph 1955, King's Regulations, which empowers commanding officers to give permission to wear plain clothes to non-commissioned officers and men granted pass or furlough, he would give instructions that non-commissioned officers and men in Malta are to be granted the same privileges as regards the wearing of plain clothes when on pass or furlough as obtain in other commands.
§ MR HALDANE
The Army Council have received no report from the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief as to whether he has found it necessary to issue special instructions relative to paragraph 1955 of the King's Regulations, which local circumstances may demand. Inquiries on this point are being made.