Camps (Waste Prevention.)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 2nd April 1941.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied that the appointment of one major-general to visit the camps of the country to cut out waste is regarded as adequate, in view of the number of camps; and whether he is appointing his own visiting staff?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

The Controller-General of Economy has a staff which carries out investigations under his direction and is regarded as adequate for this purpose. In this connection my hon. Friend will appreciate that, while the Controller-General has power to enter any Army establishment or unit in the course if his duties, commanding officers will remain responsible for the prevention of waste within their units.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

What number of officers are doing this work?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

The Controller-General has under him an A.Q.M.G., a D.Q.M.G. and a staff captain, and a number of other officers will be added shortly. He will not be handicapped by lack of staff.

Mr. De la Bère:

Why not have practical men to deal with this matter?

Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

Is it not a fact that so great is the improvement in preventing waste in camps that the contractors for swill are now complaining?