HC Deb 19 October 1939 vol 352 cc1021-2
55. Sir J. Graham Kerr

asked the Home Secretary how many meetings of the Advisory Committee on Camouflage, announced on 2nd August, have been held during the months of August and September?

Sir J. Anderson

The first meeting of the committee was held yesterday.

Sir J. Kerr

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his very instructive reply and while thoroughly appreciating the promptitude with which his Department reacted to the appearance of a particular question on the Order Paper, I would like to ask him a supplementary question— whether he can assure us that the committee which got to work yesterday will be in a position to ensure that the waste of money and the failure to achieve effectiveness in certain types of camouflage, due to the consistent ignoring of well-established scientific principles, will now be remedied?

Sir J. Anderson

My hon. Friend has unwittingly done the Department less than justice. I can assure him that the arrangement by which the committee met yesterday was made before his question appeared on the Paper, and before I had an inkling that it was going to appear. As regards the remainder of the question, I would only say this, that the committee has been so constituted as to bring to bear on this important question of camouflage the opinions of many people who hold differing views on the theoretical and practical aspects of the question. The reference to the committee is very wide, and I have no doubt that the committee will be in a position to address itself to the question.