HC Deb 05 February 1918 vol 101 cc2079-80
32. Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the difficulty in many Volunteer Battalions of obtaining reasonably large daylight drills on Saturdays and Sundays, when a very considerable amount of important work is carried out; whether he is aware that this is attributable in a good many instances to the fact that men, although provided with arms and equipment, are not supplied with uniform; and whether, taking into consideration the stock of uniforms, both new and renovated, in hand in the Clothing Department -of the Army at the present time, he will, in the national interest, take steps to provide, where necessary, uniforms free of charge for Volunteer Battalions?


I am not aware of the difficulty referred to in the earlier part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question. As regards the latter part, I. am afraid that I can add nothing at present to the answer given on the 30th January to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Cambridge University.


Can the hon. Gentleman say whether when a man joins the Volunteers he has to provide out of his own pocket uniform and boots?


No, he has not.