Complaints

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there is widespread discontent and unrest in the ranks of the Army, arising from a variety of causes; and whether he is satisfied with the present machinery for dealing with legitimate grievances?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

I have no knowledge of any widespread discontent or unrest in the ranks of the Army. On the contrary, all the available evidence goes to show that, both at home and overseas, the morale of our troops is high. With regard to the second part of the Question, I am satisfied that the existing procedure affords to the soldier a full opportunity to obtain a fair and sympathetic hearing for any reasonable complaints he may wish to make.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Will the Minister consult the Director of Army Education on the feeling in the Army on this point and receive recommendations from him, because he is concerned about the position?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

All the directors concerned at the War Office, as well as the military commanders throughout the Army, are constantly consulted. I feel that it is regrettable that, without proper verifica- tion, the hon. Member should have made these sweeping and damaging allegations against the Army.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Is the Minister aware that I have put this Question on the Paper as the result of contact with the Director of Army Education, who is greatly concerned about the matter?