HC Deb 10 April 1911 vol 24 cc205-6W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War with reference to the fact that infantrymen receive a money allowance which provides for a supply of two pairs of boots each year and that soldiers are compelled to purchase their boots out of Government stores, he will explain why the contracts for infantry boots in 1911 call for only 160,000 pairs?

Colonel SEELY

The smallness of the current order is largely due to the fact that substantial surpluses had accumulated on previous orders. But a considerable effect has been produced on the number of orders by the allowance system.