HC Deb 13 April 1948 vol 449 cc53-4W
18. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken to arrange for redundant staffs of Army Records, Edinburgh, to transfer to other Government Departments where vacancies exist.

Mr. Shinwell

In accordance with the usual practice, the names of redundant staff at the General Service Corps Record Office in Edinburgh have been reported to the Ministry of Labour, who will endeavour to place them in other employment, either in Government Departments or elsewhere.

Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for War for which units of the Army the accounts have been, or will be in the near future, transferred from Edinburgh to the Records Office, York.

Mr. Shinwell

Before 1st April, 1948, men entering the Army were administered by General Service Corps Record Office for six weeks, while they were undergoing their primary training in the General Service Corps. On completion of this period, they were posted into the various corps and arms, and their records were then transferred to the parent Record Offices of the corps and arms. Since 1st April all men joining the Army are enlisted direct into their respective corps and arms and are administered from the beginning by their parent Record Office. The General Service Corps Record Office in Edinburgh is, therefore, being closed down and, in future, only boys and apprentice tradesmen will be on the strength of the General Service Corps. These will be administered by the Record Office at York.