HC Deb 17 May 1915 vol 71 c1975
32. Mr. PETO

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the allowance for kit made to gentlemen cadets on leaving the Royal Military College has now been reduced to £17 17s., and what items of the outfit required by them when gazetted is intended to be covered by this sum; whether in effect the alteration now made constitutes a considerable reduction on the War Office practice in earlier stages of the War; and whether, in view of the fact that gentlemen cadets are now frequently the sons of parents in less affluent conditions than formerly, he will reconsider this decision, with a view to making an allowance that will more nearly represent the cost of essential articles of clothing and equipment?


There has been no reduction of the total allowance. Uniform and equipment to the value of £32 3s. are provided in kind, and the balance of the £50 is paid in cash.


Will the right hon. Gentleman answer that portion of the question in which I ask what are the essential articles of clothing and equipment which are supposed to be covered by this grant?


Perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to send him a list.