HC Deb 21 January 1947 vol 432 c6
4. Mr. Sidney Shephard

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state separately the intake into the Army, R.N. and R.A.F. from VJ-Day up to the end of 1946.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

The intakes into the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force from VJ-Day up to the end of 1946 were 63,000, 254,000 and 140,000 respectively.

Mr. Shephard

Would the Minister say what is the average monthly intake into the Services, and is he satisfied that the number is sufficient to implement the promise that no new recruit shall serve for a period longer than two years?

Mr. Isaacs

I could not provide the monthly figures without notice, but I will ascertain them if the hon. Gentleman desires. In reply to the second part of the supplementary question, it is intended to carry out that promise, and that is in fact the purpose of that rate of intake.