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Overseas Service Commands (Manpower)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a committee of Members of Parliament to examine the use of manpower in overseas Service Commands, and to report what economy of manpower can be effected in H.Qs. staffs and Base Establishments.

No, Sir. Effective machinery already exists for the constant review of these establishments. I doubt whether any practical benefits could be derived from the appointment of a committee on the lines suggested by the hon. Member.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a great and growing belief in the country that demobilisation is being slowed up owing to the misuse of manpower in the Services, and as we now have no review of current expenditure, would it not be a good thing to give an opportunity to hon. Members to check this belief?

The Question relates to the machinery and not to the merits, and in the view of the Government the existing machinery is adequate, and the machinery suggested in the Question would not be the right kind.