HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 cc693-4
39. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, on the occasion of the recruiting parade in London for the Territorial Army, he will call a meeting representative of commanding officers at which their views on how to stimulate recruiting can be presented.

Mr. Shinwell

General plans for the recruiting campaign have been made in consultation with Commands and representatives of Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Associations. Officers commanding Territorial Army units are members of Associations, which are responsible for running the campaign in their own areas. Associations are, I am sure, taking advantage of the advice which commanding officers can give them. Accordingly, I do not consider that it is necessary to call a special meeting as suggested

Colonel Hutchison

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a number of commanding officers who think that, on the present basis, the recruiting campaign cannot succeed and who would like to present their views? Surely, the right hon. Gentleman could consider this as a unique opportunity for getting the views of commanding officers on this question'?

Mr. Shinwell

But commanding officers can present their views through the Associations, and. according to my information, they are doing so very freely.