HC Deb 17 February 1915 vol 69 cc1134-5
82. Mr. PETO

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether attention has been called to an appeal for funds to provide soldiers at the front with wire-cutters; whether the present regulation allowance for these implements has been found by the military authorities to be sufficient; and, if not, whether he will take immediate steps to see that the deficiency is made good and obviate the necessity of appeals to private benevolence for any part of the proper equipment of the military forces of the Crown?


I have no knowledge of the private appeal referred to. The regulation scale of wire-cutters has recently been increased, and is considered to be sufficient.


Do I understand the right hon. Gentleman that there is no necessity for appeals in the public Press to private benevolence in these matters for the equipment of the Army?


Yes, Sir, the hon. Gentleman may take it that there is no necessity.