HC Deb 25 February 1918 vol 103 cc1095-6
60 and 71. Mr. MACMASTER

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the War Council have considered the effect on Canadian recruiting if the proposal to break up the 5th Canadian Division, now stationed at Whitley, is carried into effect; (2) whether he is aware that the 5th Canadian Division has been training in England for over a year, and that its efficiency has been recognised at all inspections; whether the Government is aware that it is now proposed to break up this division and that 200 of the superior officers, who have been highly trained, will, in consequence, be forced to return to Canada; and, if so, will he state what action he proposes to take?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

The proposal to break up the 5th Canadian Division and to use it as reinforcements for the Canadian troops in France was made by the Canadian authorities.