HC Deb 25 January 1956 vol 548 cc22-3W
Mr. Hale

asked the Minister of Defence whether he will take steps to ensure that all clothing supplied to Her Majesty's forces is made of cotton and woollen materials manufactured wholly in the United Kingdom.

Sir W. Monckton

Virtually all clothing supplied to Her Majesty's Forces is wholly manufactured in this country, and will doubtless continue to be so. But it would be contrary to the Government's general economic policy, and might in a particular case be needlessly expensive for the taxpayer, to make an invariable requirement of what is already a general rule in the purchase of clothing for the Forces.