HC Deb 01 August 1944 vol 402 cc1152-3
36. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for War if the new arrangements for the issue of civilian clothing to discharged soldiers have been completed; and if civilian overcoats will be issued to all soldiers who are discharged, whether in the winter or the summer.

41. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War when arrangements will be completed to ensure that soldiers on discharge from the Army will receive a civilian overcoat, irrespective of the date of discharge.

Sir J. Grigg

The scheme, which involves a much improved provision of civil clothing for soldiers on discharge, is in an advanced state; the date of its introduction depends on the deliveries of the new outfit and on certain points which are being co-ordinated with the other Services. I would add that the new scheme includes the provision of a raincoat for all soldiers on discharge whatever the time of the year when the discharge takes place.

Mr. Bellenger

Will it be retrospective to those who have been discharged and who have received no cash allowance in lieu of overcoat or raincoat?

Sir J. Grigg

I should like to have notice of that Question, but I do not think so.