HC Deb 24 November 1965 vol 721 cc508-9
49. Mr. Murton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a list of those infantry brigades converting to large regiments within the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mulley

The second large regiment, the Royal Green Jackets, is to be farmed in January next. As I told the hon. Member on 27th October, I would welcome the move of other brigades to a similar organisation.

Mr. Murton

Will the right hon. Gentleman accept that the Territorial Army P as in the past been a fruitful source of recruiting for Regular county regiments and that now that the Minister has decided upon the virtual disbanding of tae Territorial Army this may have a great effect upon what brigades can in future be formed into the new larger regiments?

Mr. Mulley

We accept, of course, that the organisation of the Territorial Army has a bearing on Regular recruiting. As I have said in answer to previous Questions, we are very concerned about this.