§ Mr. McENTEE
asked the Home Secretary the date when the period of wear of the officers' overcoats in the prison service was extended from three to four years; the reason for the change; and if the normal issue of mackintoshes issued to officers was modified?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The period of wear of prison officers' greatcoats was extended from three to four years in 1924 as part of a scheme by which, at the request of the Prison Officers' Representative Board, mackintoshes were issued as an additional article of uniform to all officers on the understanding that the cost of uniform as a whole would not be increased. Up to that date mackintoshes were not a general issue, and the only1716W change since has been to reduce the period of wear of this article from four years to three years.