HC Deb 06 July 1948 vol 453 c188
22. Mr. A. R. W. Low

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will issue monthly returns of recruitment to the Regular and Territorial Armies.

Mr. Shinwell

A quarterly return of Regular recruiting is already placed in the Vote Office. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence proposes to arrange for a similar return of recruiting to the Auxiliary Forces. It is not considered that a monthly return is necessary.

Mr. Low

Will not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is some advantage in giving a monthly return during the next few months when a recruiting drive is being conducted on behalf of the Territorial Army?

Mr. Shinwell

The real recruiting drive is not due for some little time to come. We will see how it goes on, and we can review the position later.

Sir R. Ross

Will the Minister look into the returns on the basis of commands and districts?

Mr. Shinwell

I will do anything to please the hon. Member.