HC Deb 19 October 1916 vol 86 c751W

asked the Minister of Munitions how many persons are engaged on the headquarters staff of the Ministry; what number of these are qualified for military service; and what steps are being taken to release them and substitute others not qualified for military service?


On the headquarters staff of the Ministry 6,407 persons are now employed; 835 of these are eligible for military service, and found, as the result of a medical re-examination of the entire staff of military age to be fit either for general service or for garrison duty. A thorough investigation has been made, by my right hon. Friend's direction, into the case of every one of these men by a strong Committee, including two business men nominated by the Director of Recruiting. My right hon. Friend is arranging for the release of men whom the Committee have reported to be dispensable or replaceable without serious detriment to the efficient conduct of the work of the Ministry.