HC Deb 06 July 1948 vol 453 c187
14. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for War what regulations have been issued about the return or retention of the second sets of full dress uniform purchased by other ranks of the Brigade of Guards before the war, and handed in to store in 1939.

Mr. Shinwell

The prewar regulations laid down that on receipt of orders to proceed on active service part-worn personal clothing and necessaries surplus to the peace scale should be sent by the soldier to his home. So far as I am aware, no other regulation on the subject has been issued.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the uniforms to which I refer were bought by other ranks before the war, and paid for by deductions from their pay? When was it decided that those uniforms should not be returned to them, as was the practice up to a few months ago?

Mr. Shinwell

It my hon. and gallant Friend is suggesting that these second sets of full dress were returned to store, perhaps he will be good enough to let me have the details, because I do not know of it.