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Friday, 26 February 1932

Mr FRANCIS - Yesterday the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. A. Green) asked the following question, without notice: -

What is the reason for amending regulation 58 of the Royal Military College with regard to lifting the prohibition of cigarette smoking by cadets?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member that on the 22nd November, 1931, the Military Board reported as under, concerning the Royal Military College -

When the college regulations were drawn up twenty years ago, cigarettes were not allowed to be smoked in the British Army when on parade or in uniform, but this has now been altered. The college regulations still provide that cigarettes are at all hours prohibited, yet it is obviously difficult to ensure that when the cadet is outside the college he does not smoke cigarettes. In our opinion, this restriction should be removed on the understanding that if any cadet over-indulges in cigarette smoking he could be prevented from smoking at least when in the college or grounds. Regulation 58 for the Royal Military College would require amendment. In anticipation, authority has been given for cigarettes to be smoked.

The Military Board accordingly recommended the amendment of regulation 58, which was approved by the then Minister for Defence in November last.

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