§ 13. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
asked the Secretary of State for War why Army recruiting figures for the first nine months of 1952 and 1953 have fallen from 43,711 to 35,763, respectively.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Are not these figures—and I do not see how the right hon. Gentleman can deny the figures for the year ending September, 1953—clear evidence of the present Government's dismal failure to honour their past assurances that they knew how to encourage voluntary recruitment for the Regular Army?
§ Mr. Head
The figures last year were an all-time record for the Army. This year they are not so good. If the hon. and gallant Gentleman knows the reason why, I should be most grateful if he would tell me. It is a topic of great interest within the War Office, and they are anxious to know if it is possible to 931 make the position better. Although the figures for this year are less than for the preceding 12 months, they are far from being disappointing.
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Will the Minister accept a memorandum from me explaining why the present figures are falling?