Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Mr. McNeil:

asked the Secretary of State for War whether consequent upon the formation of the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, he will transfer from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps to the new organisation responsibility for the provision of spare parts and similar mechanical equipment?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Such a transfer was considered when the new corps was being planned, but it was decided that the provision and storage of spare parts and equipment are a matter for experts in storage and provision rather than for engineers. The closest contact will, however, be maintained between the new corps and the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in this matter.

Mr. McNeil:

Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that for speed and simplicity of design this is the method, and that this is certainly the pattern upon which comparable commercial organisations base their organisation? Should we make an exception in this case?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

On the first part of the question, I do not agree; on the second, I do not know.

Mr. McNeil:

Will the right hon. Gentleman take the trouble to consult comparable commercial organisations, since they have experience of this sort of thing?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The scheme was drawn up by people who are primarily commercial.