HC Deb 30 October 1956 vol 558 cc121-2W
68. Mr. Mikardo

asked the Secretary of State for War how many science or engineering graduates or holders of equivalent qualifications are enrolled in the Army ; and how many of these are engaged in duties which require the use of their specialised knowledge.

Mr. F. Maclean

On 30th September about 2,300 National Service men in the Army possessed science or engineering degrees or equivalent qualifications. About 2,000 of these were employed on duties requiring the full or partial use of their specialised knowledge. The remainder were men whose special qualifications could not be used by the Army or in a few cases, candidates who had chosen non-technical arms. Similar information in respect of Regular soldiers is not readily available.