HC Deb 09 July 1936 vol 314 cc1372-3
64. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider introducing legislation for the purpose of effecting the change of title of the War Department to some other more suitable name?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Duff Cooper)

I do not think I should be justified in occupying the time of the House with legislation for this purpose.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that a more peaceful title, such as "Ministry of Defence," would be more appropriate?


Is there any good reason why a mere change of name would improve the efficiency of a Government Department any more than it does in the case of private individuals?

66. Mr. VIANT

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of persons employed in the War Office who are in receipt of salary and pension, apart from war or disability pension?


I regret that the figures are not available, and could only be obtained by direct inquiry of the large number of ex-service personnel employed in the War Office.