Oral Answers to Questions — Intendant-General, Cairo (Abolition of Post).

– in the House of Commons on 17th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make regarding the return of the Intendant-General from Cairo to this country; and whether-that post is now to be abolished?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Yes, Sir. On the advice of the Minister of State, and with the concurrence of Sir Robert Raining himself, I approved the abolition of the post of Intendant-General early in January. The creation of the post of Minister of State some two months after the appointment of Sir Robert Haining and the provision of a senior Army Officer to be in charge, under the Commander-in-Chief, of the administration of the Army in the Middle East, removed the necessity for the co-existence of an Intendant-General. Sir Robert Haining's preparatory work has been of great value and has laid the foundations upon which the present organisations are now building.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

May I ask whether, in fact, Sir Robert Haining went there to do a job of work, or whether he went there because he disagreed with the Minister of Defence over the ill-judged expedition to Greece?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

A most unwarrantable and untruthful suggestion.