§ MR. WINSTON CHURCHILL (Oldham)
On behalf of the hon. Member for Leicester, Sir John Rolleston, I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the Army Order as to the new service dress, he will take into consideration the case of officers who have joined their regiments within the last six months, and who have been consequently put to unnecessary expense in their outfits.
§ MR. BRODRICK
I have already explained to the House that the regulations dealing with the introduction of the new service dress are intended to secure officers from expenditure other than that attendant on the usual replacement of worn-out uniform, but that cases of special hardship will be considered on their merits. I understand these cases are likely to be few in number, and intimation that changes would take place was made on the 20th December, before the order, so as to save officers, if possible, from unnecessary expense.