HC Deb 15 February 1955 vol 537 c167
10. Mr. Wigg

asked the Secretary of State for War what authorisation he has given for the use of mess kit; how far the order will apply equally to both Regular and National Service officers; what is the estimated average cost per officer; and what part of the cost will be borne by public funds.

Mr. Head

Regular officers only may wear mess dress if they want to. A new mess jacket and waistcoat costs about £35 and no part of the cost is borne by public funds.

Mr. Wigg

May I take it that officers can please themselves whether they acquire this mess dress or not, and that there is no degree of compulsion?

Mr. Head

There is no degree of compulsion whatever.