HC Deb 27 February 1919 vol 112 cc1974-5W
Lieutenant-Colonel WEIGALL

asked the Prime Minister whether a final address by a properly qualified speaker can be given to all troops assembled in demobilisation dispersal camps thanking them for their services, and an explanation given of the national economic position and the necessity of increased production in all industries?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. My hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion is not practicable, as dispersals proceed during the whole period, twenty- four hours each day, and in many cases men arrive and are dispersed during the night. If this suggestion were carried out the effect would be to delay dispersals. On the other hand, arrangements have been made for all men to be seen and personally bidden farewell before they leave their units to proceed for dispersal. Commanding officers have been specially instructed to give all ranks a good send-off on their homeward journey, and I have reason to know that a great deal has been done in this direction.