12 and 13. To ask the Under-Secretary of State for War,
I told the War Office that I was going to ask whether I needed to ask the Questions, because I want to raise the matter on the Adjournment on the Third Sitting Day. If I do not have the opportunity of stating that intention, the House will not know that the matter is to be raised on the Adjournment shortly. I did not tell the Minister concerned that I was not going to ask the Questions.
asked the Under-secretary of State for War whether, in view of the concern of relatives of prisoners of war regarding the position that had arisen through the displacement of Mr. Stanley Adams, who had their entire confidence, he will establish a new organisation or take such other steps as will result in a renewal of this confidence?
Does the War Office not realise that the position in respect to this matter is now back to where it was when chaos resulted; and is the Minister aware that the newly-appointed substitute for Mr. Adams has not the power necessary to enable him to do the job efficiently? Would it not therefore be better for the Minister to agree to the inquiry that has been asked for, in order that the matter may be fully investigated and the War Office take its proper responsibility for a job which is now too big for the Red Cross?
No doubt the hon. Member is aware that the matter will be raised on the Adjournment in the near future. In his Question the hon. Member says that he is anxious to restore confidence in the British Red Cross. I hope that he will help.
Has not Mr. Adams's substitute, Mr. Eddy, already proved his efficiency by his very successful handling of the most difficult of all the Departments of the Red Cross, that relating to next-of-kin?