HC Deb 30 May 1962 vol 660 c122W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary of State for War why highly skilled men such as patternmakers are retained in the Army; why they have not been transferred from the infantry to technical units; why they are employed in officers' messes; and if he will make arrangements to discharge from the Army all skilled men retained in the infantry.

Mr. Profumo

National Service men are only being retained in the Army for purely military duties. It is not always possible to employ a National Service man in his civilian trade, and they must then be placed where they can best fill the needs of the Army. For this reason I cannot agree to discharge from the Army all men retained in the infantry who also possess other skills.