HC Deb 23 July 1942 vol 382 c195W
Captain Poole

asked the Secretary of State for War what tropical kit allowance is payable to officers serving in Canada who have been instructed to provide such kit?

Sir J. Grigg

Officers proceeding to Canada are now warned before departure that tropical kit will be required, and are eligible to receive the normal allowance granted to officers proceeding to a tropical station for the first time. This is £5 if the outfit allowance originally paid to them was £40 (or £45 if they were commissioned on or after 1st January, 1941). If the outfit allowance originally paid was £30 (or £35), this amount is increased to the full allowance of £40 (or £45), on proceeding to a tropical station for the first time, and no additional allowance is issued specifically for the purchase of tropical kit. It has, however, only recently been decided that tropical kit is required in Canada, and officers already in the country have therefore had to purchase locally. Owing to the cost of purchase in Canada a special grant of 48 dollars has been approved for such officers. A similar grant would be considered for officers leaving this country on very short notice with no time to get tropical kit before going.