I must make it clear to the House that in the case of the vast majority of the recommendations of the Beveridge Committee action has already been taken. There are only two outstanding questions: the question of general service enlistment and the question of the formation of a corps of mechanical engineers. In the first case action has already been taken on as large a scale as is possible in view of limitations of accommodation, and a decision will be taken in the very near future on the second question.
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the light of the Report of the Beveridge Committee and its criticisms, he will now reconsider the matter of the appointment of an Inspector-General of Man-power, for the purposes there indicated, and to stop the wastage which is the subject of that Report?
Will the Minister be good enough to look at the happy, complacent assurances which were given to me, when this matter was raised by me last October; and, in view of the lamentable disclosures in the Report of the Beveridge Committee, will he consider taking action on the lines suggested at that time?