HC Deb 27 March 1928 vol 162 cc239-40
36. Mr. A. M. SAMUEL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will give the names of the members of Lord Haldane's Committee considering the question of the entry and early training of officers for the Army; what the terms of reference to this Committee are and will the Government, before giving effect to any of its recommendations, afford the House of Commons an opportunity of considering the Report of the Haldane Committee as a whole?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Lieut.-Colonel Guinness)

With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate the list of members in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The terms of references are: To inquire into the system of entering officers for the combatant branches of the Army and their early training, and to consider how greater economy or efficiency might be obtained. With regard to the last part of the question, my Noble Friend will be prepared, when he has received the Committee's Report, to consider the question of its publication.


Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say when the Report will be published?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

I have no information.

Following is the list of tilt: Committee:


Right Hon. the Viscount Haldane., K.T., O.M.


Major-General Sir W. Hastings-Anderson.*

Major A. Boyd-Carpenter, M.P.*

Lieut.-Colonel W. R. Campion, D.S.O., J. P., M.P.

Lieut.-General Sir J. P. du Cane. K.C.B. (Master-General of the Ordnance). Major-General C. F. Romer, C.B., C.M.G. (Director of Staff Duties).

Mr Will Spens, C.B.E., M.A.


M. A. R. McBain, O.B.E.

*Sir W. Hastings-Anderson ceased to be a member on appointment as Major-General on the Staff at Constantinople, and Major Boyd-Carpenter also relinquished his membership on appointment as Financial Secretary to the Treasury.