HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 cc1245-6
35. Sir John Graham Kerr

asked the Secretary of State for War, whether he is aware that one of the few recognised authorities in the science of camouflage is now in His Majesty's service; whether he is satisfied that he has been given an official position commensurate with his position in this highly-specialised branch of science; and what is his official designation and where are his headquarters?

Mr. Sandys

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to an authority on the biological aspect of camouflage about whom he has written to my right hon. and gallant Friend. This gentleman holds a commission in the Royal Engineers. He is now serving as a camouflage officer, and holds a staff appointment in that capacity at General Headquarters, Middle East. I am satisfied that his present position is such as to provide full scope for the exercise of his abilities and experience.

37. Sir J. Graham Kerr

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that valuable knowledge was accumulated during the last war in relation to the Kensington Gardens scheme of camouflage; that material on which it was founded was placed in store at a place of which he has been informed; whether such material is still to the fore; and whether care has been taken to make it freely accessible to camouflage officers during the present war.

Mr. Sandys

Yes, Sir. All data, records and materials of the Kensington Gardens Camouflage School of the last war have been carefully examined, and are at the disposal of present-day camouflage officers through the medium of the Army Camouflage Training and Development Centre.

Mr. Hannah

Are the Government fully convinced that our camouflage cannot be improved?

Mr. Sandys

It is being improved all the time.