HC Deb 28 April 1915 vol 71 c712
46. Mr. FELL

asked the Prime Minister whether several Government Departments have not nearly the usual amount of work to do that they have in normal years: whether the staffs of these Departments are now almost without work; and, if so, will the Government, as a temporary measure, transfer a number of employés from these Departments to those which are overworked, to the benefit of all the Departments?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

The policy of transfer was adopted at the the beginning of the War, with excellent results. A large number of men have also joined His Majesty's Forces from offices where they could be spared, and I am not aware of any cases where Departments are overstaffed for the work which they have to do.