§ 90. Mr. Hopkinson
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will take steps to put an end to the discrimination between officers and other ranks in respect of Purchase Tax on replacement of articles of kit issued from Service stocks and not the property of the individual.
§ Mr. Strachey
The replacement of other ranks' kit is covered by a clothing allowance calculated to meet the full cost of maintenance. Purchase Tax is not charged since no element for Purchase Tax is included in the allowance. Officers are required to maintain their outfits, which are their own property, at their own expense, and therefore make their purchases at tax-inclusive prices. Some modification of these arangements is under consideration.