§ Sir B. FALLE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that an Admiralty circular letter of December, 1912, authorised naval ratings to wear sports clothing when going on shore and. returning on board; and whether he will take the necessary action to draw the attention of commanding officers to this Order, whick is still in force although generally unknown?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM
This matter was raised by the Welfare Conference, and the Admiralty decision was that this was a matter which must be left to the discretion of the commanderin-chief or senior naval officer present. As the decision was promulgated as recently as 18th May last in Admiralty Fleet Order 1346, I have no reason for assuming that it is not within the cognisance of all commanding officers.