HC Deb 26 July 1944 vol 402 cc768-9W
Lady Apsley

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the uniform allowance in the W.R.N.S.; how it compares with the similar allowances in the A.T.S. and the W.A.A.F.; and whether he is aware that it is regarded by the W.R.N.S. as inadequate.

Mr. Alexander

I assume the hon. Member refers to the initial outfit allowance for blue uniform for W.R.N.S. officers, as ratings receive their initial outfit of uniform in kind. This allowance is £50, the same as the allowance hitherto paid to similar officers of the A.T.S. and the W.A.A.F. Their allowance has recently been increased to £55, and the question of whether an increase should be made in the grant of the W.R.N.S. officer is under active consideration. I am unable to accept the view expressed in the last part of the Question.