HC Deb 08 November 1950 vol 480 cc937-8
52. Mr. Low

asked the Minister of Defence by how much recruiting to the Auxiliary Forces has increased or decreased since August, 1950.

Mr. Shinwell

In September, 1950, there were 3,442 recruits to the volunteer Auxiliary and Reserve Forces compared with 2,803 in August. The figures for October are not yet available.

Mr. Low

As these later figures become available, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the need of the Auxiliary Forces is mainly for recruits for the next two years? Will he con- sider some special terms to get those recruits to fill the gap which will later be filled by National Service men under the National Service Acts?

Mr. Shinwell

It by "special terms" the hon. Member means further emoluments, I am afraid that I cannot agree.