HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 c328W
Lieut.-Colonel Sharp

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will give details of the scales of clothing now authorised for issue to other ranks; and whether any immediate improvements are contemplated.

Mr. Bellenger

The authorised scale at home includes the following main items:

Uniform (including head-dress) (sets) 2
Greatcoat 1
Boots (pairs) 2
Shoes, canvas (pairs) 1
Shirts 3
Socks (pairs) 4
Underclothing (sets) 2
Gloves (pairs) 1*
Pullover 1
Towels 2
* Winter only.
In addition, protective and working clothing, e.g., overalls, is issued as required. At overseas stations there is a corresponding scale of items in suitable materials to meet climatic conditions.

As my hon. and gallant Friend is no doubt aware, the general question of postwar dress is now under consideration. The present position regarding pyjamas and handkerchiefs—which have been suggested as additional items—was explained on 15th October in reply to a question by the hon. and learned Member for Chester (Mr. Nield), a copy of which I am sending him.