§ Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Defence what progress has been made by his Department since its establishment in co-ordinating the common administrative services of His Majesty's Forces.
§ Mr. Alexander
As I announced to the House on 1st March last, His Majesty's Government decided, after careful study, that amalgamation of the common administrative services would not, in present circumstances, be in the interests of efficiency or economy. Considerable progress towards greater coordination of the medical, educational and chaplaincy services has, however, been achieved by means of standing coordinating committees. The work of these committees could not be adequately described within the scope of a Parliamentary answer, but if my hon. Friend has any specific suggestions I should be happy to consider them.