§ Mr. Vernon Bartlett
asked the Secretary of State for War why Army nursing sisters have been instructed to dress in khaki uniforms; who pays for these uniforms; how many nurses are affected; and how many of them are likely to be discharged within the next 12 months.
§ Mr. Lawson
This uniform was introduced in 1943 as more serviceable in war and more easily obtainable overseas. It was to be brought into use as replacements became necessary. Nursing sisters purchase their own uniforms, for which they are given an initial grant and a maintenance allowance. About 8, 850 nursing officers are now serving, of whom rather more than half will probably be released within the next 12 months. All officers have been advised not to make needless replacements of existing uniform where they have a reasonable expectation of early release.