HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 c426W

asked the Pensions, Minister whether he is aware that the absence of institutional clothing for pensioners admitted to hospitals or convalescent homes is a great handicap; that it makes discipline and the acceptance of treatment more difficult; and that men strongly object to wearing out their own clothes whilst they are in the institution on crutches; and whether he will provide such clothing in the same way as serving soldiers are provided with the familiar hospital blue?


Arrangements are being made for supplying, where necessary, underclothing and overcoats on loan to pensioners undergoing treatment in institutions. The details will be notified to the local committees as soon as practicable. Unless they are being treated in military hospitals, and are required to wear the hospital blue, pensioners do not wear uniforms, except in very special cases. I do not think that there is any general desire to do so.