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Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War why certain members of the A.T.S., now at Hampstead Special W.T. and Research Wing, who enlisted to do intelligence work, and were assured that they would not be required to take up any other service, have now been directed to general duties.

I am informed that all these auxiliaries signed a general service agreement, and it is not established that any such assurance was given by or on behalf of the War Office. I have, however, called for a full report on the matter, and I will write to the hon. and gallant Member when I have had an opportunity of examining the facts.

asked the Secretary of State for War the present strength of the A.T.S. and how this compares with the strength in the month immediately preceding the end of hostilities in Europe.

The strength of the A.T.S. on 31st October was approximately 148,800 as compared with a strength of approximately 195,200 at the end of April, 1945.