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Formation College, Luton (Opening)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many civilian motorcars and Army Staff motor-cars, respectively, were used to convey official guests to the opening of No. 5 Formation College, Luton Hoo, on Monday, 19th November; how many of those vehicles came from London especially for the event; how many guests, military and civilian, remained to tea and by what means was the necessary food obtained; how many camp military police were employed on police duties; and what was the approximate cost of the whole proceeding.

As hon. Members are no doubt aware, I was present and gave the opening address on this occasion, which marked a notable step forward in the provision of Army educational facilities. The significance of the occasion was recognised by the attendance of distinguished and representative guests, both military and civilian. This naturally involved the use of transport and the provision of food, but I saw no evidence of extravagance in either case. If, however, the hon. Member is anxious to have the details, I will have them sent to him so far as they are available.