HC Deb 30 January 1951 vol 483 cc705-6
24. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for War why an officer, on joining the Territorial Army, is paid no uniform allowance unless there has been a break in his service of at least one year; and whether he will arrange that an officer on joining the Territorial Army receives uniform allowance, thus encouraging young officers to join the Territorial Army immediately on release after National Service.

Mr. Strachey

Officers who join the Territorial Army after a break in their commissioned service of less than one year are deemed to be still in possession of all the outfit they need. I can see no grounds for authorising the grant of uniform allowance in these cases.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the effect of that order is that a large number of officers who would join the Territorial Army directly on conclusion of their National Service wait for a year, or possibly more, and sometimes reconsider joining at all?

Mr. Strachey

It would be very difficult to make a grant under a break of one year.