Discharged Men (Clothes Allowance).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

asked the Secretary of State for War what clothing, and or money for the purchase of clothing, is now given to a private soldier when he is discharged from the Army; and is there a larger sum given to non-commissioned officers similarly discharged?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

With regard to the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Banfield), on 20th May. The cash allowance which may be chosen in lieu of civilian suit, cap, collar and tie is £2 16s. 5d. The treatment of non-commissioned officers and privates in this matter is identical.

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

Does the right hon. Gentleman know of any place in London or in any other part of the country where they can buy reasonable clothing for the amount that is allowed?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

It is always open to the person concerned to take the issue in kind, that is, the actual clothing.

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

Are not the quality, design and cut of the clothes of such a character that no decent person would wear them?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I cannot accept that in these days of utility and austerity clothing.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Has the attention of the right hon. Gentleman been called to the difficulties experienced by men discharged from the Forces to return to the coalmines where the issue of clothing may be perfectly proper and the organisations involved do not seem to be able to get these things?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a Question on that point.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider revising the prices so that a man may have an austerity suit made available to him instead of the foolish get-up they issue as a civilian suit?