Army, Navy and Air Force Institutes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook , Basingstoke

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of setting up a special Committee, or Commission, to investigate into and report upon the State trading monopoly carried on by the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes against which protests have been made by chambers of commerce and trade throughout the country; and whether, if such Committee or Commission is set up, he will include in it an adequate representation of trading and commercial interests in the country with an independent chairman?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

I have been asked to answer this question. I can add nothing to the reply which I gave on the 21st ultimo to my hon. Friend the Member for South Wilts.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is intended to proceed with the projected Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes, market, and store at Tidworth?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I understand that the board of management has erected a central store at Tidworth, but has no intention of opening a market there.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

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asked the Secretary of State for War how much money has been advanced for the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes from the ex-service men's fund?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

No money has been advanced for the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes from any ex-service men's fund. If, as I presume, my Noble Friend refers to the working capital of the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes, I would refer him to the reply which I gave on the 13th February to my hon. Friends the Members for Carmarthen and the Drake Division of Plymouth.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

Cannot my right hon. Friend tell the House the amount that the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes have borrowed from this source in order to finance themselves?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I have already told the hon. Member that the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes have not borrowed any money from ex-service men's funds, and I have referred him to an answer which shows exactly how they are financed.

Photo of Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke , Plymouth, Devonport

What is the object of these institutes?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

The hon. Member surely knows that the Navy, Army and Air Force derive great benefit from these institutes.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these institutes sell ladies' underclothing and grand pianos?