HC Deb 30 October 1919 vol 120 c906W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the uncertainty and delay as regards the sanction of the permanent establishment for the Army educational training scheme is resulting in the loss to the Army of the services of valuable teachers; and whether a decision on this important matter may be expected in the near futures?


I regret to say the situation is as described, but hon. Members will realise that it is a matter of extreme difficulty to come to a decision on any individual part of Army expenditure in advance of the final consideration of the whole. I am anxious, however, to give permanent effect at the earliest possible date to the decision I announced to the House on 5th August in reply to the horn, Member for Kincardine and Western, namely, that education was henceforward to be ragarded as an integral part of Army training. In the meantime, pending the final educational establishment, education is being carried on by temporary means with as little break in its continuity as possible. Hon. Members may rest assured that I fully realise its importance both to the Army and to the country.