HC Deb 07 February 1939 vol 343 c752W
Mr. Kennedy

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the number of recruits to the Army during 1938 who were industrially unemployed at the date of their enlistment?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Of the 61,552 applicants for enlistment in the Regular Army during 1938, 16,960 were unemployed at the time of their application. The records of the Department are not kept in such a way as to show the number of recruits finally approved who were unemployed at the date of enlistment, nor do they differentiate between industrial and other employments.