HC Deb 23 February 1944 vol 397 c828
45. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have given consideration to the recruitment of personnel for the Armed Forces in the post-war period; and whether he has any statement to make.

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

These problems are being closely studied and the necessary measures will be announced in due course when it is clearer what our requirements and what the conditions of service in the Armed Forces will be after the defeat of Germany and Japan.

Mr. Bellenger

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Army Council are asking for volunteers among officers and other ranks at the present time without giving any indication of the post-war conditions and terms of service, and does he realise that if the Government want a post-war Army they must disclose their proposals very quickly, for the National Service Act will not be sufficient after we have defeated Germany?

Mr. Attlee

I do not know the point my hon. Friend has made. Perhaps he will put it to the Secretary of State for War.