HC Deb 14 December 1960 vol 632 cc381-2
5. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Secretary of State for War the estimated cost of providing men in the Service, other than officers, with walking-out dress, and confining the use of khaki to training and barrack duties.

Mr. Profumo

The estimated cost of the new Service dress—the No. 2 dress—for other ranks in the Army is £3 million.

Mr. Shinwell

That seems a very large sum and I have no doubt that the right hon. Gentleman has to conserve his resources. In view, however, of the need for further recruitment of conventional troops, is it not desirable to spend part of the money progressively?

Mr. Profumo

I wholly agree with the right hon. Gentleman. This is not entirely

Mr. Profumo

—for pensions in the terms of service on the best evidence available to us at the time.

Dame Irene Ward

A monstrous answer.

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