HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 c147W
76. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has yet found it practicable to allow junior ratings of the Royal Navy to wear civilian clothes when leaving naval shore establishments on shore leave.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

Yes. Junior ratings and ranks over the age of 17½ years, if not undergoing training on first entering the Navy, will in future be allowed to wear plain clothes when entering and leaving naval shore establishments. This will apply to commands both at home and abroad.