Discharged Men (Clothing Gratuity).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 29th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that a Croydon man serving in the Navy, on discharge from the Forces, was pro vided with 18s. only for the purpose of providing himself with a civilian outfit; and, as this sum cannot be sufficient, whether it will be increased at once?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

With certain exceptions, men discharged from the Navy are given a gratuity, at present of 18s., to assist them in providing themselves with plain clothes. I am aware that this gratuity has been criticised as inadequate and I am having the whole question carefully reconsidered.