Engineering Corps.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can make a statement on the results of the special committee in the War Office that has worked out the details for the organisation of the proposed engineering corps-on what date did the committee start their consideration of the question; and can he give the names and qualifications of the committee?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I cannot yet make a statement. The committee was formed on 28th March, 1942. Its members are War Office directors, including those responsible for the technical control of the corps and services involved in the organisation of the new corps. The chairman is a major-general who has had both administrative and technical experience.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

Is not this a typical example of the slow-moving machinery at the War Office, and— [Interruption.] May I ask this question?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The hon. Member put himself out of court by the preface to his question.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

May I ask whether, in view of the recommendation of the Beveridge Committee with regard to the appointment of an engineer-general, the Minister has given it consideration?