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Recruiting Organisation (Review)

Volume 446: debated on Wednesday 28 January 1948

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48 and 49.

asked the Minister of Defence (1) if he is aware that the volume of recruiting in the City of Nottingham does not require the utilisation of five separate sets of premises and staffs; and if he will take steps to liberate such premises and assist in overcoming the shortage of accommodation in the city;

(2) if he will take the necessary steps to initiate a general review of the recruiting establishments in the country, with the view of minimising the staff and the premises used for this purpose, particularly paying attention to the economy of joint Service recruiting stations.

One of the Army recruiting offices in Nottingham is to be closed, and the possibility of closing the Naval sub-office is also being considered by the Admiralty. The review of the recruiting organisations of the three Services requested by my hon. Friend was put in hand some time ago. Whatever the outcome of that review, the general shortage of suitable premises will remain a difficulty in arranging combined centres for some time to come.