HC Deb 21 May 1930 vol 239 c402
70. Earl of DALKEITH

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will inquire into the reasons for the diminution of recruiting for the Regular Army in Scotland during the last three months: and what steps he is taking to stimulate recruiting in view of the widespread unemployment?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. T. Shaw)

The fall in recruiting during the months of February, March and April, compared with the January intake, is largely seasonal; but I can assure the Noble Lord that the problem of maintaining the strength of the Army is engaging the constant attention of the Army Council.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that the fall in recruiting is in any way connected with legislation dealing with unemployment benefit?


I do not know whether that is the case or not. It is a hypothetical question.