HC Deb 08 March 1966 vol 725 c473W
62. Sir T. Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds he has decided only to recruit to 80 per cent. of establishment the proposed military force to assist the police in the maintenance of law and order in the event of a general war.

Mr. Reynolds

The resources which we can afford to allot to this force will not sustain a strength of more than 22,500. The higher establishment allows some flexibility in recruiting.

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