HC Deb 04 March 1919 vol 113 cc204-5
14. Lieutenant - Colonel WEIGALL

asked the Secretary for War whether it is proposed to continue as a permanent administrative branch of the Army the Quartermaster - General service, established in the Home Army in 1914, and in France in November, 1916; what is the total amount of saving in rations effected with the British Expeditionary Force in France up to 1st November, 1918, since establishment; what amount of income has accrued from the disposal of ration by-products; and how many officers are now employed?


The question whether this branch of the Quartermaster-General's services shall be continued as a permanent administrative branch of the Army is under consideration.

The figures which my hon. and gallant Friend asks for are as follow:

Total Amount of Savings in Rations 1,204,666
Value of By-products Sold 481,029
Home Army.
Total Amount of Savings in Rations 1,193,403
Value of By-products Sold 1,384,859

The number of officers now employed can only be given approximately, owing to continual changes taking place. The figures are:

B.E.F. France.
Inspectors 5
Instructors in Catering 14
Home Army.
Inspectors 31
Instructors in Catering 22


Have these accounts been properly certified, or are they only approximate at the present time?


I do not know what steps were taken to verify the figures. I assume great care was used.

Lieutenant-Colonel WEIGALL

Are they not duly certified by every commander at home?