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Marines: Defence Equipment and Uniforms

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th January 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy that Royal Marines are required to contribute towards the cost of their uniform or equipment.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

On joining and for deployments, Royal Marines are issued with the uniform and equipment required for their role and specific tasking.

Officers, unlike Other Ranks, are required to pay for the maintenance of their uniforms for which Income Tax relief is provided automatically via salary.

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