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Territorial Army

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1949

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Motor Cars (Allowance)


asked the Secretary of State for War if he will now make a statement with regard to the licensing and insurance of motor cars owned by members of the Territorial Army and used in connection with their duties.

It has been decided that the difference between full rates and half rates will be refunded to members of the Territorial Army who have to pay full licence and insurance when they draw supplementary coupons solely for journeys in connection with their Territorial Army duties. The scheme will be promulgated as soon as administrative details have been settled.

Did the right hon. Gentleman say that the extra cost of insurance would also be refunded?

Camp Training (Clothing)


asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will issue, at any rate for the period of annual camp training, an additional set of battle dress and additional pair of boots to Territorials attending camp.

I regret that it is not possible to increase the scale of clothing for the Territorial soldier as suggested.

Does the Minister realise that, when it is wet in camp, as it very frequently is, the only alternative to a wet pair of boots and a wet battledress is to wear denims? Would it not help to popularise the Territorial Army, and would not need a further issue, as the articles could be held in the quartermaster's store merely for the period of the camp?

I can hardly imagine that members of the Territorial Army would be troubled by a little wet.

Week-End Training (Allowance)


asked the Secretary of State for War why a married soldier who previously would have received £1 7s. for attending week-end Territorial Army training now only receives 8s.; and if he will take immediate steps to ensure that every encouragement possible is given to week-end training in the Territorial Army.

Under the new arrangements, men are eligible for pay and free rations for training periods in excess of eight hours. Under the previous arrangements, by being in camp on Friday night for the week-end, it was possible to qualify for pay and full allowances, whereas the man who could not get there till Saturday, although he did the same amount of training, could only qualify for a maximum of 9s. 0d. training expenses allowance, out of which he had to pay for his rations. The revision was made to obviate anomalies of this sort, and the great majority of men benefit substantially from the change.

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that a marriage allowance is not now permissible, that many of these men have to go very long distances to do their training, and are put to considerable inconvenience and expense?