HC Deb 13 December 1950 vol 482 cc1151-2
52. Mr. Low

asked the Minister of Defence how many men were recruited to the Regular Forces during October and November; and how these figures compare with previous years.

Mr. Shinwell

During October, 1950, 9,284 men entered the Forces on Regular engagements. This figure compares with 7,565 in October. 1947, 7,311 in 1948 and 3,624 in 1949. Returns of Regular recruiting to the three Services for the month of November, 1950, are not yet complete.

Mr. Low

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how many men, in addition to the 9,000-odd which he has just announced, were provisionally accepted in October? Will he bear in mind that, when he last gave an answer on this matter to the House, he made a great point of the fact that a substantial additional number of men had been provisionally accepted?

Mr. Shinwell

I have not got the answer with me, but, if the hon. Gentleman will put down that question or will write to me on the subject, I will try to give him the information.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Does this mean that the increased pay so far has only brought in 500 a week?

Commander Noble

Can the Minister say why recruiting for the Royal Navy was lower for the third quarter of this year than it was in the second?