Brigadier-General Sir Byrne.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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No, Sir. I am sorry that my hon. and gallant Friend has thought it necessary to put that question. The Government, as long as it is a Government, must be allowed to choose the servants it employs for any particular task and at any particular moment. If it is to be suggested that because we think a change necessary at a particular time and in a particular position that that is to be considered a reflection upon the officer removed, then the discretion of the Government will be very gravely hampered, and the due execution of the public service will be much impeded.