HC Deb 18 March 1943 vol 387 cc1352-3W
Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that for some time the Army Council Instruction relating to the polishing of brasses has been systematically violated by a regiment, of which he has been informed, and that the same regiment has been polishing its gun muzzles bright with sandpaper; and whether he will put an end to these practices?

Sir J. Grigg

Fresh instructions have recently been issued on this subject. Army commanders are responsible for ensuring that the uniform and equipment of the soldiers under their command is maintained at the highest standard of cleanliness and smartness compatible with the conditions in which the troops are engaged. The same principles apply in the maintenance of major equipment such as guns.