§ 28. Mr. Frederick Lee
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will arrange for an issue of light raincoats for summer wear for the Army.
§ Mr. M. Stewart
For financial and other reasons, it is not practicable to add a raincoat to the soldier's order of dress. The number of occasions on which a light raincoat could be worn in the summer over battle dress in lieu of a greatcoat would be limited, and would not suffice to justify provision at the expense of public funds.
§ Mr. Stewart
I have had some experience of that kind, but I do not think that my right hon. Friend will guarantee the continuance of the present weather conditions for any considerable period.
§ Mr. J. Paton
Will my hon. Friend consider, as an alternative, borrowing an idea from the Chinese and letting troops use umbrellas?