HC Deb 22 April 1937 vol 322 cc1920-1
66. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, having regard to the increased demands made upon the War Office, he is satisfied that the present organisation is adequate for the work of his Department; and whether it is proposed to modify or increase the organisation of the War Office?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)

Yes, Sir, I am satisfied that, with the changes introduced last year creating the Department of the Director-General of Munitions Production, the organisation of the War Office is adequate for its work. But the position is closely watched to ensure that, if changing circumstances require modification of the organisation or an increase of the staff employed, appropriate action can be taken.

Mr. De la Bère

Is it not a fact that all is not well with the War Office; and will my hon. Friend bear in mind that, while you may multiply the most modern machines, and adopt the most modern methods, the human element is, and will remain, the key to the situation?

Sir V. Warrender

For my hon. Friend's information, I can assure him that all is very well with the War Office.

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