I have had this proposal under consideration, but as the purpose of the Army Reserve is to bring units up to war establishment on mobilisation I doubt whether it is desirable to deplete it in order to increase the number of men serving with the Colours.
In the year ended 31st March, 1937, 22,802 recruits were finally approved for the Regular Army as compared with 23,298 for the previous year. With regard to the last part of the question, it will be necessary to recruit approximately 50,000 men if establishment is to be reached by the end of the year.
§ Mr. Thorne
What does the right hon. Gentleman intend to do between now and the end of the year to get the 50,000 men he needs?
The hon. Member knows of the reforms that are being introduced with a view to making the Army more attractive.
§ Mr. Paling
In view of the shortage of men, is the right hon. Gentleman determined to change his policy of trying to fill the Army by frightening people out of their wits?