HC Deb 12 November 1908 vol 196 c516
MR. GRETTON (Rutland)

To ask the Secretary of State for War if he has any record of the number of applicants to join the Special Reserve, and the percentage of applicants who have actually enlisted; and if he is aware that the majority of applicants to enlist have believed that the engagement in the Special Reserve is for six months only, and that, on learning that it is a six years engagement, in the majority of cases they retire.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Returns of the numbers of men applying to enlist into the Special Reserve are not forwarded to the War Office. No information has been received at the War Office to bear out the allegation contained in the last part of the Question; and, in view of the fact that the term of six years service is clearly set forth on the recruiting poster, the statement is not understood.