HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 cc87-8W
71. Mr. Hamilton

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why junior ratings in the Royal Navy are not allowed to wear civilian clothes when walking out of naval shore establishments; and whether he will consider granting this concession in the near future.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

The main reason is the difficulty of controlling large numbers passing in and out of barracks, where the population changes quickly, without introducing extra restrictions or security precautions. I will, however, consider whether any modification of the existing Regulation is practicable.