Uniform Alterations (Grants)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th April 1951.

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Photo of Mr John Baldock Mr John Baldock , Harborough 12:00 am, 25th April 1951

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will reconsider the grants to be made to naval Reserve officers for the alteration of distinction lace which only extend to one coat and one pair of shoulder straps.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

The grants have been assessed on the cost of altering the garments included in the official scale of uniform.

Photo of Mr John Baldock Mr John Baldock , Harborough

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that one monkey jacket is quite insufficient for an R.N.V.R. officer who has to do several drills a week during the year, and that R.N.V.R. officers who do not perform these weekly drills are getting grants for two jackets? Is not that an anomaly?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

Yes, Sir. I take note of that point.

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Bristol North West

Will the Parliamentary Secretary allow a reasonable time to elapse during which those who report for duty in the stripes of the "Wavy Navy," the disappearance of which many of us regret, will not be regarded as improperly dressed?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

The end of the year is the date fixed.

Brigadier Clarke:

In view of the necessity for saving metal, will the hon. Gentleman consider not changing the R.N.V.R. buttons for the ordinary buttons, which is a great waste of money?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

I prefer to take the opinion of naval officers on that.