§ 27. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the approximate number of civilians employed in the War Office on the date of the Armistice last year, and the number that were employed on 31st July this year?
The numbers are as follow:
Of this decrease, 3,163 (1,104 males and 2,059 females) represent transfers from the War Office to the Ministry of Munitions (Supply). The above figures are exclusive of the civilian clerical staffs of the Prisoners of War Information Bureau, the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and the Royal Army Clothing Department, which at pre sent amount to 454.
Date. Males. Females. Total. 11th Nov., 1918 5,499 12,588 18,087 31st July, 1919 5,401 5,689 11,090 Total decrease 6,997
Mr. T. WILSON
May we take it from that that if one Department releases its staff it will be transferred to another Department?
No. The total reduction in the War Office is very nearly 7,000, of which about 3,000 have been transferred to the Ministry of Supply, so there is a total net decrease of just about 4,000 in the War Office alone.
No; I do not think it has been done on those lines at all. It has been done where it could be best afforded in the interest of the Department.
§ Colonel ASHLEY
Why were these 3,000 civilians unloaded by the War Office on the Ministry of Supply instead of allowing the Ministry of Supply to take on demobilised men?
Very naturally the clerks who had been handling the business for many months passed over en bloc to the other Ministry.
§ Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE
Will my hon. and gallant Friend give an assurance that they will be replaced by ex-Service men as soon as possible?