Demobilisation (Priorities).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 26th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will give an assurance that, at the end of the war, sympathetic consideration will be given to the early discharge of soldiers who desire to return as soon as possible to the control of their businesses?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

The point raised by my hon. Friend will be borne in mind when the time comes to decide priorities of demobilisation.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

In view of the statement of the Prime Minister the other day, that the war might end more quickly than the Government expected, might not schemes be drawn up to meet this emergency when it comes, and not leave it until the time arrives as was done in the last war?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

An inter-departmental committee is now sitting on this question. It would be, in spite of what the hon. Member says, a little premature now to announce our demobilisation plans.