§ 17. Captain PLUGGE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any information showing whether there is a better supply of recruits in those regiments, such as the Guards, which provide a smart walking-out kit for soldiers, as opposed to those regiments the ranks of which are only provided with a khaki uniform?
Recruiting is undoubtedly better for the Foot Guards than for the Infantry, but I do not think this can be attributed solely to the possession of full dress uniform. As a stimulant to recruiting generally, permission has recently been given for men of all regiments to "walk out" in blue uniform with coloured forage cap, and I am hoping that this, in conjunction with other measures that are being taken, will lead to the desired improvement in recruiting.
§ Mr. SHINWELL
Does the right hon. Gentleman think the kind of speech he made yesterday is calculated to stimulate recruitment?
I think it is time the Labour party made up its mind whether it wishes to encourage recruitment or discourage it.
§ Mr. THURTLE
Does the right hon. Gentleman wish the unemployed workers of this country to be coerced into the Army by hunger?
§ 18. Captain PLUGGE
asked the Secretary of State for War what has been the expenditure on Press advertising during the past two years in order to stimulate Army recruiting; and whether he will consider the extended use of this medium to make up present deficiencies?
Approximately £3,500 was expended from Army funds on Press advertising for recruiting purposes, during the two years ended 31st March last. While I appreciate the value of this particular medium, and will not fail to bear in mind my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion, I do not at present propose to extend the use of Press advertising until greater experience has been gained of this and other forms of recruiting publicity now in operation.