asked the Minister of Labour if he will now announce the intake of men into the Services which is planned for the first two quarters of 1946, showing youths of 18 years of age, either in employment or leaving school, separately from those to be recruited from industry; and if he will give the allocation of such intake, as percentages, to the Navy, Army and R.A.F.
In the first six months of 1946 the intake of men into the Forces will be approximately 140,000. Of these it is estimated that 30,000 to 35,00o will be over 18 years of age on joining the Forces and 105,000 to 110,000 will be aged 18 or under. Thirteen per cent. of the intake will be allocated to Royal Navy 55 per cent. to the Army, and 32 per cent. to the R.A.F.