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Armed Forces (Manpower)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will establish a system of small civilian commissions to visit R.N., Army and R.A.F. stations with the object of ensuring that no superfluous personnel is being retained and to make detailed recommendations for economies in manpower wherever possible.

Does not the Minister consider that such a step as is suggested in the Question, in addition to producing precious economies in manpower, might also go a long way towards providing a sense of reassurance to the troops?

I am afraid my hon. Friend is asking me for an expression of opinion, which I am not prepared to give.

Arising out of that reply and the reply to Question 47, will the Government take an early opportunity of making a statement as to precisely what is this machinery which reviews the use of manpower in the Services?

I could not follow the supplementary question, but I will study it in HANSARD, and if anything can be done, it will be done.