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Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 23rd June 1942.

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Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Australian War Cabinet is about to introduce a smarter uniform for Australian troops, because the appearance of the latter compares unfavourably with that of American troops, who have a smarter uniform, and also because it is convinced that smartness has an important bearing on discipline and morale; whether the present uniform of the Australian troops is the same as British battle-dress; and whether he will consider taking similar action to provide British troops with a less unsightly uniform?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I have seen a newspaper report that the Australian Government are considering such a proposal, but I have no official information on the subject. I understand that the present Australian uniform is not the same as the battle dress of the United Kingdom Forces. The latter has been found satisfactory for the purposes for which it was designed.

Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

Does not the Minister agree that smart uniform has a great deal to do with morale and discipline?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I am aware of that, but I am aware also that there is not an unlimited supply of wool in the world.