Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):
In view of the general interest I should like to give an oral reply to three questions put to me by the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank) with regard to the summer clothing of the Canadian army.
Early in 1947 action was initiated to obtain a summer uniform for the army of a type similar to that already authorized for the R.C.A.F. Upon investigation it was found that a suitable tropical worsted cloth could not be produced in adequate quantities at that time. It was however definitely decided that tropical worsted uniforms would be issued to the Canadian army (active) and this will be done as soon as the cloth can be manufactured and the uniforms made. Contract demands for this purpose have already been issued but delivery will not commence before late summer. No second-hand R.C.A.F. khaki drill uniforms have been or will be issued to the Canadian army. During the war some 200,000 khaki drill uniforms were obtained from the R.C.A.F. for the purpose of clothing Canadian troops in Italy but were never shipped. These were not worn uniforms and were to all intents and purposes the same as the army khaki uniform which was and is standard issue. To scrap these and all other khaki drill uniforms at the end of the war would have seriously upset the supply of cloth for essential civilian and military needs. Even after the issue of tropical worsted uniforms, khaki drill will still be used for active training in field conditions.
Subtopic: REPORTS AS TO ISSUE OF USED UNIFORMS TO CANADIAN ARMY