HC Deb 17 July 1940 vol 363 c222W
Major Milner

asked the Secretary of State for War why numbers of fully-trained tradesmen in the Royal Engineers continue unemployed instead of being placed on defence and similar works for which in the same area civilians are being employed and paid, resulting in waste of public money?

Sir E. Grigg

I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to Royal Engineer units which have been reforming and re-equipping on return from France. These units have now all been allotted for duty at various stations and will have moved off in the course of the next few days.