HC Deb 28 July 1915 vol 73 c2261
22. Major HUNT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that some regiments in this country are so badly provided with cooking utensils that they are compelled to use their dixies for making tea in the afternoon in which beef has been stewed for their one o'clock meal; whether he is aware that in some cases no appliances are provided by which men can have anything but stew every day; and what he proposes to do to remedy this?


Troops under canvas are entitled to receive camp kettles, Soyer's stores, and Aldershot ovens upon an approved scale, but owing to the very large number of troops under canvas it has not been possible in all cases to supply the full requirements of the two latter items, and General Officers Commanding have therefore been authorised in such cases to manufacture or purchase suitable substitutes locally.

Major HUNT

Does the right hon. Gentleman understand that some regiments only have dixies for stewing food in and making tea; and could not something be done to remedy that?


Yes. I quite appreciate the desirability of the point put to me by the hon. and gallant Gentleman, and I think steps have been taken to obviate the difficulty in the future.