HC Deb 13 May 1918 vol 106 cc29-30
45. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Prime Minister whether the War Cabinet will consider the appointment of one or more men of real organising capacity, with plenary powers, to cut down the numerous forms which, under the present system of Government control, have to be filled up for the simplest transactions; and, if not, whether the Government see their way to arresting this evil and effecting a saving of labour, time, and paper by other methods?


I do not think that the adoption of this suggestion would be useful. The Select Committee on Publications and the Stationery Office have taken all possible steps to bring to the notice of Departments the urgent need for cutting down forms and for effecting other economies of paper and printing. I should be glad if my hon. Friend would bring to the notice of the Select Committee any specific instances of the issue of unnecessary forms.