§ 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.