§ MR. A. LAFONE (Southwark Bermondsey)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether, under a new Warrant framed under the late Government, and shortly to come into operation, while a few officers will be put into the Ordnance Store Department on high salaries, upwards of 40 officers will be deprived of their appointments in that department, and remanded to their regiments; and is Government prepared now to adopt such a Warrant?
§ MR. A. M. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether he can state the percentage for reserve and discharged soldiers employed in the Ordnance Store Department, and in the Ordnance Factories, in manual or other labour, or in clerical work?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
From the latest returns it appears that in the Ordnance Factories 10.3 per cent. of those employed are reservists, or discharged soldiers or sailors. In the Ordnance Store Department the percentage is 59.4; and in the Inspection Department 40.