§ Mr. Paget
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why C/ JX269111 Leading Signalman Alfred Smart, who was demobilised on 8th February, 1946, at No. 3 Civilian Clothing Depôt, Northampton, has not yet received his demobilisation suit from the Central Depot, Branston; and why the commandant at Branston has failed to acknowledge three letters from Leading Signalman Smart.
§ Mr. Lawson:
I have been asked to reply. During the peak period for releases production of civilian clothing fell behind requirements and as a result, it was impossible to supply a number of men with complete outfits of the correct sizes at the time of release. These cases are now being cleared at the rate of some 7,000 items of clothing daily and it is hoped that the position will be normal by 481W the end of this month. I regret that there has recently been some delay in dealing with correspondence at Branston depot, but this has been caused by the concentration of all available staff on the task of issuing clothing. I am having Mr. Smart's case investigated.