§ 1. Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD - BURY
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he can state what is the drop in the monthly return of the work done by the officers' friends' branch in the south-western region since the establishment of the new regime on the dismissal of the former qualified senior officers?
§ The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Mr. F. O. Roberts)
Since the change in the personnel of the officers' friend in the south-western region on the 1st June, the volume of work has been slightly less than the average for the preceding six months. I am satisfied that the work is being performed with promptitude and efficiency. The change in personnel was the replacement of an officer who has large private means by an officer who has not.
§ Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY
Does the drop in the amount of work mean that these redundant officers who replaced well-qualified officers do not know their work as well as the original officers?
§ Mr. ROBERTS
No, Sir. I do not think there is any foundation for that suggestion. The information I have is that the work is being performed just as efficiently.