HC Deb 13 March 1924 vol 170 c2619

Not only do we require technical personnel if we are going to substitute as far as possible machine power for man power, but such a policy requires a highly efficient Research Department. This is a subject in which I and my colleagues have been personally deeply interested. I have recently inspected, accompanied by my two colleagues, with the assistance of the Master-General of the Ordnance and some of his staff, the Research Department at Woolwich, and I can assure the House that it need have no doubt that we have one of the finest Research Departments it is possible to organise, and we saw very striking examples of how large sums of money can be saved by expending small sums on mechanical, electrical and scientific work. Probably one of the best ways of reducing Army Estimates is to spend more upon research.