HC Deb 07 November 1916 vol 87 c16

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that skilled architects in some regiments are performing the varied duties of coal-heavers, flour-carriers, waiters, scavengers, etc.; and will he take steps to utilise brainpower in the ranks in other directions?


I have no information in regard to the duties which are being performed by skilled architects serving in the ranks, but I am, of course, aware that there are in the ranks a considerable number of highly educated men. Many of these have, owing to their attainments, already qualified for promotion, and have reached positions where they can exercise their higher attainments; but it is not possible to give any pledge or undertaking that all such men who are serving in the ranks will be specially treated.