§ 9. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War how many recruits for the Regular Army enlisted during the three months ended 31st October, 1951; and how the numbers compare with the three months ended 31st October, 1950.
§ Mr. Head
I regret that this information will not be available before about 794 18th November. The figures for the quarter ending 30th September, 1951, were 6,011 Regular and 279 Short Service engagements, a total of 6,290: for the corresponding quarter of 1950 there were 5,065 Regular engagements and 1,527 Short Service engagements, a total of 6,592.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Minister aware that a general in command of troops in Scotland said that the recruiting figures were worse than they had been for the past three years, and what is the explanation of that?
§ Mr. Head
I do not think it is fair to say that that is true for the country as a whole. If the hon. Member will study the figures he will see that the number of actual Regular engagements is up this year by 946 compared with the previous year. I am, however, aware that this question of Regular recruitment is one of very great importance to the Army, and it is my intention to do all I can to assist and stimulate it.
§ Mr. Niall Macpherson
Will my right hon. Friend endeavour to obtain encouragement and assistance in this task from the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes)?
§ 18. Mr. Stephen Swingler
asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he is taking to increase the size of the Regular Army.
§ Mr. Swingler
In view of the strictures passed by the right hon. Gentleman on the pay code produced by his predecessors, may I ask whether it is the intention of the right hon. Gentleman to produce a new pay code for the Regular Army?