§ 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 25W early to say when we shall reach a strength of 180,000.