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IMINISTERS ON I DEFENSIVE.

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MINISTERS ON I DEFENSIVE. â âââââ* 1 I ?ir and Armies. j MR. CHURCHILL'S REVIEW. The third Report of the Committee of Public Expenditure was dealt with in :he House of Commons on Tuesday, when Major-General Seely replied to the charges â¢yi waste and extravagance in the Air .Ministry. Mr. Churchill, the War Minister, spoke on the policy of the War Office in relation to economy. AIR SCANDALS. I The "Under-Secretary declared that the I Royal Air Force had saved" millions of money aDd thousands of lives. Mr. Clyde, the Lord Advocate, explained that be had declined bo take criminal pro- ceedings with regard to a sum of .£286 in connection with the Renfrew Aerodrome. His reason was that. after 18 month in- quiry, he had no evidence that justified hope of a successful prosecution. Mr. Clyde said he had advised civil pro- ceedings last March, and these-were about to be taken. OUR ARMIES. u Tile following is a summary of Mr. CluirohiJlV review of the situation:â n.\11ù Army and Air Force.âWe have arranged with France that by October 31 cir Army on the Rhine may be reduced to A strong brigade (four or five thousand 1r,0) and our Air Force to a single t^juadron. German and Turkish P,-igoner-More, than 400,000 German and Turkish prisoners nr" stiM on our hands, requiring more than 100,000 British soldiers to look after snid rcod them. Permission to repatriate the Turkish prisoners has now been granted by the Supreme War Council, but authority to begin with, the repatriation of the 'German prisoners is still withheld. Forces-in the East.âWe have more than men in Mesopotamia, of whom 10.000 are British. Owing to Kurdish and Arab Dtmgs every attempt to reduce this force is met by warnings and proteots from the responsible officers on the spot. In Egypt and Palestine thre are 90,t>00 men. Ireland.âWe have 60,000 men in Ireland. double the force that was there before the war. The Irish Executive offer the strong- est opposition to any reduction of that for-e4: and in such a matter the War Office nv-ist be the servant and not the master of the policy of the State. The Army in India.-We have also on 1)11 rbands the Army in India, and also the battalions and batteries which are jiist moiajj out to reiiere the Army in India, Salvage Work-âWe have to keep 100,000 in France and landers on salvage work. The weekly review of the foreign Press i", to be discontinued CONSCRIPTION. It was to the reduction of the size of the Ariny that Mr. Churchill looked for real and substantial savings. "But let us be careful," he exclaimed, lest in getting rid of the men too quickly we get cid of ellr victory and the Empire at the ame One uther statement by the War Minis- ter greatly interested the House. This was that- nest year only two great nations of thè worjd- wo^ild "be tree of conscripticrn- England and Germany. "Of these," he added, amid laughter, only one will be free of it voluntarily." All the other great Powers, he said, intended to con- tinue compulsory military service, and the United States proposed to embody it for the first time in it? Array system.

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