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Regular Recruitment

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent recruitment to the Regular Army fell below the estimated need in the first quarter of 1954; and what further action he is taking to stimulate recruitment.

The rate of recruitment in the first quarter of this year, if maintained throughout the year, is not unsatisfactory in relation to the Army's planned needs. The steps which my right hon. Friend is taking to maintain the level of recruiting, including the measures recently announced, are designed to make the Army an attractive career and will, I hope, encourage even larger numbers to come forward.