Footwear Tests.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Sir Reginald Clarry Sir Reginald Clarry , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

asked the Ministry of Supply whether, in connection with the Eleventh Report of the Select Committee on National Expenditure on the subject of a special process for the treatment of Army boots to extend their life, he now has any further analysis of the test already made, in which certain information was given as to 180 boots; and whether he can state what has happened to the other 220 boots issued to units for observation last September?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Of the 180 boots tested, 140 were treated and 40 were untreated. At the end of the test, the outer soles were worn through in 108 of the treated boots and 34 of the untreated boots. The 220 boots were withdrawn after periods varying from three to 10 weeks, as the men to whom they were issued were sent away on draft or were transferred to other units.