§ Mr. DUNCAN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that soldiers are being sent to work in Bramley Camp; whether it is intended that soldiers should displace civilian labour; and whether the present number of soldiers at this camp is at present above the establishment?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
I am aware of the increase in the number of soldiers at the Bramley Ordnance Depot; this is due to the closing down of the Chilwell Depot, necessitating the distribution of surplus Royal Army Ordnance Corps personnel among the other Ordnance depots, including Bramley. As regards the second part of the question, the number of civilians employed is greatly in excess of establishment and discharges are taking place quite independently of the temporary surplus of soldiers; and as regards the last part, the present strength both of soldiers and civilians at Bramley is in excess of the number that will be required when the work has been reduced to the normal level.