§ Sir C. MARKS
asked the Minister of Pensions the total number of war widows who are receiving pensions and the total amount paid to them during the first week of March, 1921, and the corresponding week in 1920; the total number of men who are receiving war pensions and the total amount paid in the first week of March, 1921, and the corresponding week in 1920; and the total number of ex-service men who are in course of training, or receiving benefits, and the cost of such for the first week in March, 1921, and the corresponding week in 1920?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
The figures asked for in the first two parts of the question are:—
that the officers of a British infantry regiment forming part of the Army of the Rhme are being encouraged by their commanding officer to purchase uniforms and kits from German tradesmen who are supplying our officers with swords at a cost of 550 marks, or with the name of an English firm engraved thereon for 70 marks extra; and whether he considers that British officers should be discouraged from wearing uniforms made in Germany and should give preference to English firms?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
I am not aware of the facts alleged in the first 1311W part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question. With regard to the last part of the question, provided officers obtain articles which conform to the patterns laid down in Regulations, I do not think that the War Office can dictate to them where they should purchase their uniform or equipment.