§ 33. Sir T. Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the estimated figures for recruitment and re-engagement, shown separately, in terms of man-years for 1966 if present recruiting trends continue; and what percentage fall these show on similar figures for each of the years 1964 and 1965.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
Yes, Sir. In general the estimates show an expected rise, but this must not be taken to mean that the present recruiting and re-engagement rates are wholly satisfactory.
§ Sir T. Beamish
Is the Minister aware that the 1966 Regular Army recruiting figures, in terms of man-years, look like showing a short-fall of at least 25 per cent. on 1964? Is that not a very disturbing side effect of 18 months of Socialist mismanagement and muddle?
§ Mr. Hamling
Can my hon. Friend say what were the recruiting figures for the Royal Marines in the last 12 months?
§ Following are the figures:
|Estimate for 1st April 1966 to 31st March 1967 Man-years||Comparison with previous years 1964–65 1965–66 Percentage change|
|Royal Navy and Royal Marines||70,500||+ 0.26||+ 1.4|
|Royal Air Force||57,000||+55†||+25|
|Royal Navy and Royal Marines||21,000||+ 7.75||− 5.68|
|Royal Air Force||37,000||+71||+29|
|* There is a slight swing from 6 year to 9 year engagements.|
|†R.A.F. recruiting was severely curtailed during 1964.|