HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc858-9W
Brigadier-General Brown

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the reason for abolishing the "Y" from the shoulder-straps of Territorial Yeomanry units; and whether, in order to maintain the esprit de corps of county Territorial units, he will endeavour, as far as practicable in war-time, to fill up their ranks with recruits from their own counties and take them from their own county recruiting organisations?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

As regards removal of the letter "Y," the explanation In is the same as that given, in the case of the letter "T," to my hon. Friend the Member for Holborn on Tuesday last. Every endeavour is made to post recruits to their county regiments, but, during the war, it is necessary that there should be only one recruiting organisation for the Army as a whole.