asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will make a financial commitment to the non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers from the Lowland Regiments of the newly formed Royal Regiment of Scotland for the provision of mess kit.[HL7007]
There are no special financial arrangements for the commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) of the Royal Regiment of Scotland in regard to the provision of mess kit. All commissioned officers are, however, provided with an initial outfit allowance to cover the cost of mess dress, and an annual tax credit to cover maintenance and replacement. NCOs are not obliged to wear mess dress, but where they choose to purchase it they do so at their own expense.
All officers in the newly formed Royal Regiment of Scotland have been given five years to replace their current privately purchased uniform, including mess kit. During this period uniforms (including NCOs mess kit) will run concurrently.