HC Deb 13 October 1942 vol 383 cc1508-9W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will undertake that no pressure shall be put upon any unit to purchase sports equipment through the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes instead of through the usual trade channels which have been in the habit of supplying such equipment to the Army in peace time?

Sir J. Grigg

Owing to the curtailment in the manufacture of sports equipment there is only a limited supply available for the use of the Army. It is necessary to ensure that the Army allocation is not exceeded and that it is distributed among the units according to their need. I do not consider it practicable or desirable to create a new organisation to control and distribute the supplies, and it is therefore necessary for units to use the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes' existing organisation. These arrangement apply only to equipment needed for certain specified outdoor and indoor games. Units can still obtain goods for other games from retailers if they wish.