HC Deb 05 July 1932 vol 268 c219
12. Brigadier-General NATION

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether there has been a further decline in the strength of the Regular Army at home and the Territorial Army since the 1st March; rand, if so, will he state what the total deficiency in earth is at the present time?

Mr. WOMERSLEY (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. The 1st June figures for the Regular Army show an increase of 1,100 over the 1st March. In the Territorial Army there is a reduction of 2,500. The total deficiencies on 1st June were Regular Army 9,100, Territorial Army 41,800.

Brigadier-General NATION

Are not steps being taken to increase the Territorial Army in view of the deficiency in recruitment?


I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that my right hon. Friend has this matter under careful review and is giving it every consideration.

Captain WATT

Does my hon. Friend not think that the Government can do more in conjunction with the employers' organisations to encourage recruitment for the Territorial Army, which is the best insurance which this country has at the present time?


It is not my duty to express an opinion, but I will certainly convey that question to my hon. Friend.