HC Deb 01 July 1941 vol 372 c1183
4. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there are, in the Pioneer Corps, many friendly aliens of high technical qualifications spending their time doing manual labour; and whether, although these men are content to serve the Allied cause in any capacity, steps can be taken to make better use of their capacities?

Captain Margesson

Yes, Sir. Arrangements are now being made whereby suitably qualified members of the Pioneer Corps may be transferred to duties where their special qualifications will be of most value to the Army.

Mr. Strauss

Will that be done with reasonable speed? Is a general survey being made?

Captain Margesson

The first transfers under the scheme are expected to take place in the near future.

Mr. Bellenger

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman extend the provision which he has now announced to the whole of the British Army and not limit it to those of foreign nationality who happen to be engaged in the Pioneer Corps? There are many outside that small category whose services could be better utilised.

Miss Eleanor Rathbone

Will these transfers also take place in cases where the most suitable unit for alien services is a combatant unit?

Captain Margesson

I have answered the Question on the Paper. If further Questions are put, I must ask for notice.