HC Deb 11 March 1936 vol 309 cc2130-1
57. Mr. LEWIS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will cause inquiry to be made as to how far the existing rules of discipline and, in particular, the treatment of soldiers when off parade might with advantage be modified, having regard to modern customs of civilian life in this country and in the light of recent alterations in the system of discipline in Continental armies, with a view to making the conditions of service more attractive to recruits?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Sir Victor Warrender)

My hon. Friend may rest assured that considerations of the kind suggested in the question are always present to the minds of the Army Council, and if he has any definite proposals to put forward for rendering conditions of the service more attractive they will be carefully examined.


Does not my hon. Friend think that such an incident as the ordering of a Guardsman to cut off his moustache is the kind of thing calculated to make the service unpopular with the modern young men of the country?


And margarine?