§ 12. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will see that all men engaged on demolition, clearance, etc., are provided with at least two suits of uniform and other clothing; that they receive a complete change of underclothing at least once a week; that arrangements be made for them to use the municipal baths which are the nearest to their duty or depots; and will he treat this matter as one of urgency?
§ Captain Margesson
Soldiers employed on demolition and clearance work are each provided with two suits of battle dress, one suit of overalls, one suit of 407 waterproof clothing and two sets of underclothing. A third set of underclothing is being authorised for men who work in flooded craters or under conditions of the same kind. Arrangements are made for the men to use the nearest municipal baths. One bath a week is compulsory, but the average is not less than two baths a man a week, and some units have daily baths.
§ Sir Herbert Williams
Are these men supplied with adequate tools? I saw some of them this morning loading broken bricks by hand.