§ 1. Sir Annesley Somerville
asked the Secretary of State for War whether there is an adequate supply of prismatic compasses and prismatic binoculars for Territorial officers to purchase at reasonable prices as part of their military equipment; what control he exercises to ensure that prismatic compasses offered to the public by retail firms are accurate at the time of sale, or does he insist on Territorial officers purchasing prismatic compasses direct from the Government?
§ The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)
Territorial Army officers are not required to provide themselves with these articles of equipment, which are not available for purchase by them from Army stocks. A training scale of both articles is issuable in peace to Territorial Army units for instructional purposes, and on embodiment a free issue will be made to Territorial Army officers. No control as regards the accuracy of prismatic compasses offered to the public by retail firms is exercised by the War Office.