asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether all boots and shoes issued to defence personnel are British made.
No. In the financial year 1979–80, which can be regarded as typical, just under 99 per cent. of boots and shoes, costing £5·96 million, issued to defence personnel were British made. The remainder, comprising comparatively small quantities of boots costing £68,000, were mainly specialist footwear for use in unusual, specific operations.