Manpower (Organisation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

asked the Minister of Defence if he will review the use of manpower in the Service Departments in order to make more men available for active service.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

The Service Ministers are keenly alive to the importance of organising the manpower at their disposal in such a way as to achieve the greatest military effect.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

In that case, would the right hon. Gentleman agree that the latest figures indicate that there is one man at the War Office for every 10 soldiers, one at the Air Ministry for every eight airmen, and one at the Admiralty for every four sailors? Does he regard that as satisfactory? Does he not think that the many Service personnel at desk jobs could be relieved, and the work given to Civil Service clerks, who would do it just as efficiently and at rather lower cost to the public?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

The degree to which civilians are employed on these tasks has been constantly extended. This matter has been very carefully considered by the staffs concerned in all three Departments.