HC Deb 21 February 1916 vol 80 c439W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether there are over 1,000 recruits at Caterham, many of whom have been there over a month, who have not yet been provided with razors and spoons, although these articles are part of every enlisted soldier's promised free kit?


I have had inquiry made, and I find that there are no men unprovided with spoons, and that only 400 out of a total of 4,600 present are unprovided with razors. It has not been possible to obtain adequate supplies of razors from the trade, and it is expected that the shortage will in future be even more acute than it is at present. I would add that each recruit who joins with his own razor is given a money compensation in place of the issue in kind.