HC Deb 03 May 1983 vol 42 c34W
26. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will consider a further substantial expansion of the Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve in due course, in addition to considering the possibility of restoring a flying role for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Mr. Wiggin

The major task of planning, achieving and maintaining an increase in the strength of the Territorial Army to 86,000 by the end of the decade will be quite a sufficient challenge for many years ahead. Until that challenge has been met, talk of further expansion is premature, although, in principle, we would not rule it out.

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