Mechanical Transport Depot, Deptford.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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Photo of Sir Philip Dawson Sir Philip Dawson , Lewisham West

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that disabled men have received notice to leave the Mechanical Transport Depots Royal Army Service Corps, Deptford, while home service men are still being retained; and will he see that the provisions of the Lytton Report are observed in this case?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

The only cases in which disabled men have been discharged from this depot, whilst home service men were retained, have been eases whore this course was necessary in order to secure the efficiency of the establishment. When large reductions, in the interests of essential economy, are being necessarily made, this procedure is inevitable. Paragraph 17 of the Report of the Lytton Committee of 19th August, 1920, makes it clear that they regarded efficiency as an over-riding consideration throughout.