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Footwear

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if Service boots and shoes are treated with sperm whale oil; and, if so, for what reason.

There is no Ministry of Defence specification which calls for the use of sperm whale oil during manufacture of footwear or as a treatment for storage or preservative purposes. I am looking into the extent to which industry uses this substance on defence contracts.