Roger Mission to Far East.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

asked the Minister of Supply the date on which the Roger Mission to the Far East reported; whether that report has been fully implemented; and whether any member of the Mission has been employed on its implementation?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

Numerous reports were presented between November, 1940, and April, 1941. The great majority of the recommendations were accepted as a basis of production policy and have been or are being put into effect as quickly as possible. Of the personnel of the Mission, one is now Munitions Adviser to the Eastern Group Supply Council, three others are engaged on Eastern Group problems in the Ministry of Supply, and another is a technical adviser to the Government of India. The Ministry continues to obtain valuable advice from members of the Mission.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Is it not a fact that very much more might have been done in this matter by energetic management, and is the Minister correct in saying that no member of the Mission—I do not mean technical advisers—has been engaged in this work?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

Members of the Mission have been constantly consulted, and a number of these technical advisers were very helpful.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Is it not a fact that the Mission recommended that one or more of their members should help with this work and that the Ministry refused or neglected to take advantage of that offer, with the result that the best has not been made of that report?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

There was no neglect. Decisions contrary to the recommendations of the Mission may have been come to, but there is no evidence of neglect.