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Officers' Webbing Equipment

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that officers joining the Indian Army are obliged to pay about £3 15s. for their webbing equipment which would be issued to them free in the British Army at home; and whether he will give an undertaking that British officers will, in future, in India be given their initial issue of necessary military equipment free?

I have asked the Government of India to let me know by telegraph the reason for this difference in treatment, and will communicate with my hon. and gallant Friend when I receive their reply.

Is the Minister aware that these charges are being imposed upon British N.C.O's as well as upon officers?