asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been drawn to the case of the male orderlies employed at the military hospital, Church Lane, Tooting, who were engaged in 1920 at a wage of 70s. per week and uniform; whether he is aware that no uniform has yet been supplied to these orderlies or any money allowance in lieu of uniform, as allowed at other branch hospitals, since their engagement; and whether, in view of the fact that communications have been forwarded to the medical superintendent drawing his attention to this matter, without being acknowledged, he will have inquiries made into the matter?
Under existing Regulations, uniform is not supplied to the general duty orderlies, and no payment in lieu of uniform is allowable. In view, however, of the promise made at the time of their appointment at Tooting Hospital uniform has now been supplied to certain general duty orderlies employed there. The delay has been chiefly due to shortage of supplies. There is no reason for thinking that the men concerned have not been acquainted with the position.