HC Deb 07 March 1939 vol 344 cc1935-6W
Sir E. Grigg

asked the Secretary of State for War on what ground the table showing the numbers of recruits rejected, attested and finally approved during the year, which has hitherto figured in the Army Annual Reports has been omitted from the report for 1938; and whether he will now give this information to the House?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Previous reports have contained numerous tables of figures mainly compiled for internal use within the War Office, and the new form is designed to present a readable document better calculated to interest the general public. It has also enabled the War Office to publish the report earlier, and give more up-to-date information. The number of applicants for enlistment was 61,552 in 1938 as compared with 52,147 in 1937, and the number finally approved was 38,827 in 1938 as compared with 26,094 in 1937.

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