asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the amount of time spent by soldiers in blancoing their equipment; and whether, in view of the importance of using all available time for training, he will give instructions for this practice to be drastically reduced?
Web equipment has to be blancoed to preserve it and keep it waterproof. The frequency with which this needs doing therefore depends largely on the weather and the kind of training carried out.
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider whether it is necessary to spend at least two or three hours a week in this operation, in view of the fact that he has stated that such time is not available for educational instruction?
As regards the second part of the question, I have not stated anything of the sort. As regards the first part, if soldiers are out on practices and get their equipment wet, it is conceivable that more than the usual time has to be spent on blancoing.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that blancoing is treated as a formality which has to be undergone by people going on guard, rather than as a question of preserving equipment?