Skilled Men (Command Interview Boards).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether names for submission to the Command interview boards, set up under A.C.I. 162/42, have to be submitted through the Committee on Skilled Men in the Services or whether men can apply through their commanding officer?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

These Command tradesmen interview boards have been set up primarily to deal with men whose names have been brought to the notice of the War Office by the Committee on Skilled Men in the Services. Other men are, however, encouraged to submit their names to the War Office through their commanding officer.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Army Council Instruction gives the impression that men can only apply through their trade unions to this Committee, and will he issue an instruction that all men who think they are skilled and are not engaged in their skilled occupation can apply to their commanding officers for testing?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

The issue of this Army Council Instruction does not in any way cancel previous instructions, which are perfectly clear on this point.