HC Deb 03 October 1944 vol 403 cc738-9
41. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Secretary of State for War what issue of civilian clothing a soldier now invalided receives; and how this issue compares with the outfit the Government is prepared to give on general demobilisation.

Sir J. Grigg

The discharged soldier at present receives a civilian suit, cap, collar and tie and studs but after r6th October he will receive the same clothing as will be given to men released after the end of the war with Germany, namely a civilian suit, hat, shirt with two collars, tie, one pair shoes, two pairs socks, raincoat, studs and cuff links.

Sir A. Knox

Can this be made retrospective?

Sir J. Grigg

I do not think that that is practicable.

Commander Agnew

Does this arrangement apply to officers?

Mr. Tom Brown

Is the Minister aware that many soldiers are being discharged without any clothing at all—[Laughter]. I appreciate the joke, but there are cases of constituents who have been discharged without any civilian clothing.

Sir J. Grigg

I think that in that case they must have elected to take the, money grant instead. If the hon. Member has cases where men have had no grant or clothes I shall be glad to look. into them.

Mr. Brown

The right hon. Gentleman has already been notified of cases of that type.