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Army Canteens (War Office Committee)

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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asked the Secretary for War whether, if not already the case, he will consider the advantage of putting at least one non-commissioned officer on the Committee to be appointed on the question of canteens in the Army?

There are already four representatives of the Army on the Committee referred to, and I have received no representation in the sense of the question. I think that the best interests of all ranks are adequately represented.

Is it not the fact that the canteens are for the non-commissioned officers and men, and could not they be given one representative to put forward their views?

That might lead to a great deal—we might have a noncommissioned officer and a private. I believe the Committee is well satisfied as it is to look after the interests of the Army.

What is the right hon. Gentleman's objection to having a non-commissioned officer or a private, both as respectable and democratic as anybody?

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered whether a small private trader should not be appointed?