HC Deb 18 March 1941 vol 370 c4
13. Major Sir Edward Cadogan

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Committee set up to inquire into War Office procedure has concluded its investigations; whether any recommendations have been made; and if so, whether any internal changes in War Office methods have resulted?

Mr. Law

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative. The Committee set up by the former Secretary of State for War is a Standing Committee, and the process of overhaul is a continuous and continuing one. A number of changes, large and small, which it has recommended have already been put into effect, and my right hon. Friend has every hope that there will be a continuous improvement in the administrative system of the War Office and the Army.

Mr. Bellenger

Is it possible to acquaint Members of this House with some at any rate of the changes which have been effected on the recommendations of this Committee, without, of course, giving information which would be of value to the enemy?

Mr. Law

In his Estimates speech the other day my right hon. and gallant Friend did acquaint the House with one major change, when he said that a branch of the War Office, as it were, had been started in the Northern Command. That is a major change, and one from which we hope to derive great benefit.