HC Deb 16 March 1960 vol 619 c110W
Mr. Hopkins

asked the Secretary of State for War what action he is taking to bring the services provided by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes into line with the requirements of a much smaller all-Regular Army.

Mr. Soames

The radical change in the size and shape of the forces which will come about as a result of the abolition of National Service will inevitably create a new situation in the relationships between N.A.A.F.I. and the Services. The First Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretary of State for Air and I have discussed this. We wish to know whether the reversion to all-Regular forces for the first time since 1939 will necessitate any substantial change in these relationships. We have accordingly set up a committee to look into the matter. Its membership has not yet been settled, but the Chairman will be Mr. John Corbett, who is a partner in the firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co.