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Civilianisation

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th March 1957.

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Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil 12:00 am, 26th March 1957

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will issue an instruction to his Department that the word "civilianisation" be not used.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

If my hon. Friend or anybody else can suggest a shorter, more elegant single word to replace this ugly but time-saving term. I will gladly consider it.

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

Surely, that will not do? May I ask my right hon. Friend when it was that he conceived this sudden respect for the single word, and does he not think that it would be altogether more fitting if he lent his support to a campaign for the dejargonisation of the language?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I would go even further. If my hon. Friend can suggest two words to replace this word, I will consider his suggestion.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

When was the term "civilianisation" added to the vocabulary at the War Office? Was it in use in my time?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

The right hon. Gentleman was not, I think, quite as progressive as we are in these days.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it might be possible to use the word "civilising"?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I always listen very carefully to any suggestions made by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Would the Minister consider substituting the word "liquidation"?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I do not think that would be a very helpful suggestion.