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Clothing Allowance

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 24 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for War what items of clothing and other necessaries a soldier is required to replace out of his clothing allowance of 10½d. a week; and what is the estimated annual expenditure on each item.

The items covered by clothing allowance are:

  • Kit bag.
  • Braces.
  • Cellular drawers.
  • Cotton drawers.
  • Knitted gloves.
  • Headdress.
  • Housewife
  • Pullover.
  • Clasp knives and lanyard.
  • Knife, fork and spoon.
  • Flannel shirts.
  • Canvas shoes.
  • Worsted socks.
  • Hand towels.
  • Tropical vests.
  • Hosetops (tropical stations only).
  • Cash element for provision of cleaning materials.
Expenditure on individual items varies according to whether the soldier is serving at home or overseas. The allowance has been calculated according to the known wastage rates of the items in question and the prices charged for replacement, and it is estimated that over a period an other rank will spend on an average 10½d. a week on such replacements. The allowance is reviewable annually in the light of variations in wastage rates and in the prices of the items covered by the allowance.