42. Lieut.-Colonel Colin Mitchell
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will give the breakdown of recruiting figures for the Scottish Division since July, 1970;and if lie will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
Up to the end of February, 431 adults and young soldiers and 377 juniors were recruited. While these figures are encouraging, they only slightly outnumber at present the wastage from the Division. I will give the allocation to individual regiments in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
While thanking my hon. Friend for that answer, may I ask him what is the future of the company of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which we understood from him would be expanded to battalion strength within 18 months?
§ Mr. Gilmour
With respect to my hon. and gallant Friend, he is putting words into my mouth. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] I have never given any such undertaking, though I naturally hope that if recruiting in the Scottish Division justifies it the Company of the Argylls will eventually be expanded into a battalion.
§ Following is the information:
|Adults and Young Soldiers||Juniors|
|The Scottish Division|
|The Royal Scots||70||54|
|The Royal Highland Fusiliers||71||64|
|The King's Own Scottish Borderers||67||50|
|The Black Watch||84||77|
|Queen's Own Highlanders||57||54|
|The Gordon Highlanders||46||40|
|The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders||36||8|