§ 9. Sir WALDRON SMITHERS
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office, by how many anti-aircraft detachments the Territorial Army were below establishment during the July manoeuvres around London; and, in view of the necessity of maintaining the efficiency of these units, will he make special efforts to bring these units up to full strength?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Douglas Hacking)
The Territorial Army units which took part in the exercises mentioned were searchlight units. On 31st July last the strength of these units was below recruiting establishment to the extent of 33 officers and 1,260 other ranks; and 80 per cent. of the strength took part in the exercises. Steps aimed at bringing these units up to establishment are under consideration.
§ Sir W. SMITHERS
May I ask my right hon. Friend what immediate steps are being taken to bring these units up to strength?
§ Mr. HACKING
I cannot go into details, but the whole matter of recruitment is under consideration at the present moment.