HC Deb 19 July 1949 vol 467 c1135
11. Major Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will now issue No. 1 dress to officer cadets at the Royal Military Academy.

Mr. Shinwell

Approval has been given for officer cadets at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, to wear No. 1 dress, and instructions will shortly be issued on the subject.

Major Beamish

Does this herald the issue of the No. 1 dress to the Army as a whole, or does it mean the abandonment of the absurd rule that until the whole of the Army is issued with it, it will not be issued at all?

Mr. Shinwell

All that this reply indicates is that we have gone some way on the road.

Colonel Ropner

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the Territorial Army will be issued with No. 1 dress?

Mr. Shinwell

Not at present.