§ 30. Mr. Ian Harvey
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider amending the establishment of the War Office by abolishing all general staff officer grade III appointments.
§ The Secretary of State for War (Mr. Antony Head)
No, Sir. I think that this would be impracticable. But we have been replacing young Regular officers 801 serving in these appointments by retired officers, Women's Royal Army Corps officers and civilians. This will continue.
§ Mr. Harvey
Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of these officers fall between two stools? They have not sufficient authority to deal with policy matters and much of the detailed work could be dealt with by competent clerks. In view of the fact that my right hon. Friend is anxious to economise at the War Office, will he reconsider this matter?