HC Deb 24 February 1960 vol 618 cc364-5
36. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions he has given to commanding officers about the nature and scope of initiative tests; what training objectives are achieved by certain tests, details of which have been sent to him; and what was the reason for the venue of the tests.

Mr. H. Fraser

An Army Council Instruction was published in 1956 forbidding escapades of this kind and a reminding letter was sent to Commands in October last year. The initiative tests referred to by the hon. Member were ordered in contravention of these instructions. Suitable action is being taken.

Mr. Dodds

While thanking the Under-Secretary of State for that reply, may I ask him to tell us what reasons were given for believing that the kissing of showgirls, gaining admission to nudist camps and securing photographs and intimate articles of women's wear would improve the efficiency of the soldier in battle? What sort of enemy do these commanding officers visualise? In view of the deep feelings that these antics have aroused, will the hon. Gentleman arrange for the officers concerned to be thoroughly examined by psychiatrists?

Mr. Fraser

Until the disciplinary process is completed, it would be inappropriate for me to comment.