HC Deb 01 December 1920 vol 135 cc1258-9W

asked the Secretary of State for War the outcome of the official recruiting effort for the Regular Army since the beginning of the year and the present strength of the Territorial Army?


The number of recruits and men re-enlisted for the Regular Army during the period 1st January, 1920, to 20th November, 1920, is 60,452. The number of enlistments into the Territorial Force to date is 69,843, and in addition 4,462 men have been registered but not yet enlisted.

Captain BROWN

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the 10 Yeomanry regiments ear-marked as cavalry have all recruited up to their required strength; if any Yeomanry regiments, still anxious to remain cavalry, and so serving, though not ear-marked as such, have recruited up to their required numbers; and, if so, whether, in order to reward good recruiting, he will substitute as permanent Yeomanry cavalry those units anxious to remain as such in place of those who have had the chance and have not yet filled their ranks?


The only Yeomanry regiment which has so far recruited up to strength is the Northumberland Yeomanry. This regiment was selected for conversion to field artillery, but elected to be reconstituted as cavalry for a period of two years.