HC Deb 10 July 1957 vol 573 cc374-5
39. Miss Vickers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty when the new uniform to be provided for the Admiralty Constabulary will be issued.

Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith

The new uniforms for sergeants and constables of the Admiralty Constabulary will be issued at H.M. dockyards, Portsmouth, Devonport and Chatham during the next month. It will take a little longer for them to be issued elsewhere.

Miss Vickers

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask if he will ensure that the new uniforms really do arrive this month, as these people are suffering considerably from the sub-tropical weather, and are not able to take off their jackets in the same way as are our civilian police?

Mr. Bottomley

But why next month? Why cannot they be issued at once? Like the hon. Lady the Member for Devonport (Miss Vickers), I represent a dockyard town and see these men at their work. The conditions in which they have had to work during the last few weeks have been appalling. Cannot they, at least, take off their coats?

Mr. Galbraith

I think that the taking off of coats is a different question. The fact is that the uniforms will not be ready to be distributed until next month.

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