HC Deb 23 January 1940 vol 356 c363
38. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is intended that each soldier should have two sets of uniform; what instructions have been issued to this effect to commanding officers; and what steps are being taken to supply the necessary uniforms?

Mr. Stanley

Except in a theatre of war, every soldier is entitled to two suits of uniform. This is laid down in the authorised scale of clothing. The second suits are being issued as rapidly as supplies permit.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Assuming that the supply position warranted it, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the second walking-out dress issued to Highland regiments should invariably be the kilt? [Interruption.] Why not?

Mr. Stanley

The battle dress, in whatever form it is issued or for whatever purpose it is made, does, in fact, form a reserve for the extra uniform which is to be used in fighting.

Mr. MacLaren

Why does not the hon. Member himself try the kilt on to-day?