HC Deb 03 July 1973 vol 859 c52W
24. Mr. Kinnock

asked the Minister of State for Defence what is the cost to public funds of advertising and promotions for the purpose of recruitment to Her Majesty's Forces.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

The provision in Estimates for the current financial year is about £6.1 million.

28. Mr. John Morris

asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on recruiting.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

The downward trend in recruiting which set in during the latter part of 1972–73 has continued. This was not unexpected, in view of the very good recruiting we have achieved over the last two or three years and the raising of the school leaving age, both of which have reduced the size of the recruiting pool.