§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH
To ask the Secretary of State for War if he can state whether any and what saving resulted to the public through the visit made by the inspector when checking certified measurements for engineer services in the Southern Command on 30th July; what is the cost to the public for the inspector's salary, travelling, and hotel expenses for this inspection; and if inspection of this sort is effective, will the Secretary of State for War consider the advisability of relieving local officers of the trouble and responsibility connected with measurements, leaving it to the inspector to make and be responsible for all measurements.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) There is no information at the War Office in regard to the inspection mentioned in the Question. There is no intention of relieving local officers of any of their present duties and responsibility.