HC Deb 14 February 1924 vol 169 cc1023-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War when the Report of General the Honourable Sir Herbert Lawrence's Committee will be laid upon the Table of the House of Commons; and, as the Report was a unanimous Report, will he state the cause of the delay

Lieut.-Colonel HODGE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if it is proposed to circulate the Report by the Committee of Experts, which sat under the chairmanship of Sir Herbert Lawrence, and which was appointed to inquire into the system of administration of Army expenditure; and, if so, will the Report be circulated in time for Members to thoroughly examine the same before the Army Estimates are discussed in this House?


This Committee was appointed by my predecessor, the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Colchester (Sir L. Worthington-Evans), for the purpose of advising the Army Council, and its Report is, therefore, purely a Departmental document. The important questions raised therein are at present under the consideration of the Council, and pending such consideration I am not in a position to make any statement or to give an undertaking as to publication. I will give these matters my best consideration in due course.