asked the Secretary of State for War the number of officers and building trade technicians in the R.E. works services establishment, now stationed in England, who have little or nothing to occupy their time; and why they are not released permanently or temporarily to aid in the preparation of plans or arrangements for post-war reconstruction.
Sir J. GriÄ£Ä£:
There are usually about 60 such Royal Engineers officers who are waiting to be posted. Most of them have recently returned to this country after long service overseas, and are on disembarkation leave. They are then usually sent to Home Commands to take over from officers who are to be sent abroad. While they are taking over they may not have a full day's work to do, but my hon. Friend will understand that they cannot be released from the Army.