HC Deb 09 July 1946 vol 425 cc208-9
12. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for War the present staff employed at the transit camp at Tilbury; and the average number of men passing through this camp each day.

Mr. Lawson

The present staff consists of 13 officers and 356 other ranks, or about half the authorised esablishment. The numbers of men passing through the camp fluctuate considerably, and it is necessary to maintain sufficient staff to handle the maximum number likely to be accommodated. During June the maximum number was about 700, although the daily average was only about 70. In view of the changing transit commitments plans are in hand to use the greater part of this camp as normal troop accommodation, and the establishment is already in process of reduction.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does the right hon. Gentleman really think that an establishment of this size is justified for a camp whose daily average lie has just stated to be 70, which amounts to a permanent staff of seven for every man passing through?

Mr. Lawson

No, it is not, and I am not happy about it myself.