§ 91. Mr. CHARLES ROBERTS
asked the Minister of Munitions whether he will make a statement giving the results obtained by the munitions volunteer scheme; whether it has proved successful or the reverse; whether Sir H. Llewellyn Smith was responsible for the scheme; and whether he has been transferred to another Department?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions)
The war munitions volunteer scheme, for which the Government is responsible, has provided and is continuing to provide a large body of mobile and highly skilled workmen who are essential to the maintenance and increase of the output of munitions. I am grateful to the hon. Member for calling my attention to this matter and thereby-enabling me to refute an unfounded allegation against a distinguished member of the public service. I am glad to have this opportunity of acknowledging the invaluable services of Sir Hubert Llewellyn Smith to the Ministry of Munitions. I am happy to say that the Ministry still has the benefit of his advice as one of its general secretaries.
§ Mr. ROBERTS
Then there is no truth whatever in the attack made on this distinguished Civil servant?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
Absolutely no truth; and I regret that an influential organ should have allowed itself to be made the vehicle of an attack upon a man who, from his position, was unable to reply.