HC Deb 13 April 1964 vol 693 cc24-5W
Mr. Critchley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how long it will take, at last year's rate of recruiting, for the Army to reach its target of 180,000 men.

Mr. Ramsden

Last year's exceptionally low rate of recruiting would not enable the Army to reach its target for a long time. The current year is showing considerable improvement but it is too early to say when we shall reach a strength of 180,000.

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