§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will make a statement about recruiting to the Ulster Defence Regiment.
§ Mr. G. Johnson Smith
Although recruitment to the Ulster Defence Regiment has slowed down recently, in many areas battalions are up to strength and the immediate task is to increase the numbers in those battalions which are under-recruited. The present strength is 8,838, and recruitment is generally satisfactory.