HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 c546W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the Report of Lord Haldane's Committee on the education and training of officers will be published; and what action he proposes to take on the Report?

Lieut.-Colonel ASHLEY

The Report of Lord Haldane's Committee is being published as a Command Paper and copies will be available in a few days. The Army Council have, in the main, accepted the proposals of the Committee, the objects of which are to raise the standard of professional and technical efficiency in the Army, to decrease, where possible, the cost of the training, to offer increased rewards to talent, and to open up new sources from which officers can be obtained. The working out of the scheme into practice is actively in hand, but will obviously require time, the good will and co-operation of outside educational authorities, and in some directions also the provision of the necessary funds. My Noble Friend has already expressed the gratitude of the Army Council to Lord Haldane and his Committee for their concrete and constructive recommendations.