HC Deb 07 November 1906 vol 164 cc526-7
MR. MEYSEY-THOMPSON (Staffordshire, Handsworth)

To ask the Secretary of State for War how many men have been discharged from Woolwich Arsenal during each period of three months since October, 1905; from what departments there have been the largest number of men discharged; and whether the present rate of discharges will continue.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The number of discharges from the various Army departments at Woolwich Arsenal for the period referred to are as follows:—

(3) Inspection Department.
Men. Boys.
December Quarter, 1905
March Quarter, 1906
June Quarter, 1906 8 31
September Quarter, 1906 27 4
1st to 27th October, 1906 17

As regards the Ordnance Factories, the largest number of discharges have taken place from the Royal Laboratory; and, as I informed the hon. Member for Great Yarmouth on the 29th ultimo,† it is expected that the further discharges from the factories will not be more than 150 or 200 men.