HC Deb 09 April 1957 vol 568 c943
11. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War what further improved amenities and other inducements he has considered introducing for the purpose of attracting and retaining recruits.

Mr. John Hare

As is explained in paragraph 53 of Command Paper 124, the Outline of Future Defence Policy, the problem of encouraging recruiting for the Services is receiving special attention. I have nothing to add at this moment.

Mr. Sorensen

Does not the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that in view of the fact that National Service is to end, approximately, in 1960 and, meanwhile, Regular recruitment is still far below what is desired, there is a desire on the part of the public to find out what other attractions the Minister has in mind to secure the necessary recruits?

Mr. Hare

I quite sympathise with what the hon. Member has in mind. I shall certainly see that as soon as possible those future attractions will be outlined.