HC Deb 24 October 1916 vol 86 cc970-1W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Beckett's blue uniform supplied to our wounded soldiers is defective, in that the outer skin of the garment, which is of flannelette, shrinks when washed at a different rate from the lining; that this produces an unsightly and badly fitting garment; and can he say why flannel clothes cannot be given to the wounded instead?


The outer skin of the garment referred to is, I am informed, not flannelette, and garments of flannelette have never been issued as hospital clothing. There is, however, I am informed, some liability to shrinkage in washing in the case of the outer material. Large quantities of flannel clothing have been issued as an alternative to the blue serge.