Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces (Overseas Service)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Prime Minister whether, in order to equalise the period of overseas service between the Services, he will consider some reallocation of man-power as between the R.N., the Army and the R.A.F.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Every opportunity will be taken to reduce the time of service overseas for the Army but there is, I regret, no hope of achieving this by transfers from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. Hon. Members will be aware of the figures given by the Secretary of State for War in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for South-East Essex (Mr. Raikes) on 19th December. Such transfers as are now to be carried out are intended to increase the striking power of the Army.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford

Having regard to the statement about re-allocation which was made over the wireless during the Recess, cannot my right hon. Friend tell us a little more about what re-allocation is taking place and what the purpose of it is if it is not to equalise the period of overseas service?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The hon. Member had better put that down.