HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 c1995
26. Sir A. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the granting of an allowance to nursing members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment to enable them to purchase their uniforms before joining up?

The Secretary of State for War (Mr. Hore-Belisha)

As stated in an answer given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Colonel Ponsonby) on nth May last, an annual grant at the rate of £1 a head is made to the Voluntary Aid Detachment Council for the provision of uniforms for nursing members. The arrangements for the provision of uniform are left to the council to decide.

Sir A. Knox

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that this allowance is quite insufficient to provide the uniform for these people who wish to join up?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

No, Sir, that is not what was understood. I have answered the question. I think the allowance was decided upon after discussion.

Sir A. Knox

The allowance of £1 is insufficient to provide the uniform in peace time.

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