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Armed Forces (Voluntary Re-Enlistment)

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many men demobilised since the end of the war from each of the Services, respectively have subsequently voluntarily re-enlisted in the Army.

Approximately 12,500 men released from the Army since the start of the release scheme have since voluntarily re-enlisted in the Army. Figures for men released from the other two Services who have re-enlisted in the Army are not readily available.

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that in the circumstances 12,000 is a sufficient number?

No, Sir; on the contrary, I am very dissatisfied. I wish I could get more.

Is the Minister satisfied that the terms of service and the various attractions that can be given to the men are sufficiently publicised in the Army?

Yes, Sir. We are taking very comprehensive and wide steps to make known the conditions of re-enlistment.