§ 58. Mr. Driberg
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the present amount of allowance out of which Royal Marines have to buy such items as battle-dress, greatcoat and boots; if he will publish in HANSARD a full list of these items, together with their current prices; and what additional allowance is made when Royal Marines are ordered to buy new kit for special occasions such as the Royal Tournament.
§ Commander Noble
Royal Marines receive kit upkeep allowance to maintain their regulation kits. The current annual rates for men on regular engagements are £18 10s. for senior non-commissioned officers and £17 10s. for other noncommissioned officers and men. I am sending the hon. Member a list of the articles and the current prices.
Kits have to be maintained in proper condition and kit upkeep allowance is paid for this specific purpose. If a man's kit is found to be of low standard at any time he is required to bring it up to standard without any special allowance being paid.