Efficiency and Welfare (Suggestions).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 17th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will simplify the existing procedure for the submission by men in the ranks of suggestions for the improvement of the efficiency, or welfare, of soldiers in the British Army?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

The existing procedure by which a soldier can put up a suggestion to his company commander seems to me satisfactory, and I do not think it could be made simpler.

Photo of Mr Vernon Bartlett Mr Vernon Bartlett , Bridgwater

Is the Minister aware that it does not seem satisfactory to a very large number of soldiers, and will he consider the possibility of appointing an officer in each command to go round the various units to collect suggestions?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

My hon. Friend has not given any indication why he thinks it is unsatisfactory, and until he does, I am not in a position to consider his suggestion.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Would there be any difficulty about units having a suggestions book?