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Officers (Recruitment)

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost of advertising for recruitment of Forces officers in the last 12 months to the latest available date; how many recruits were made; and what is the average cost of advertising per recruit.

The cost of advertising for officers and the number of officer recruits in the financial year 1973–74 and the comparable information so far available in the current financial year is as follows:

OfficersExpenditure on advertising Central Office of Information and Ministry of Defence Votes Actual 1973–74Number of officers recruited 1973–74
£
RN/RM441,160553
Army403,250979
RAF399,590705
Tri-Service Totals1,244,0002,237
Officers1974–75 Up to 31st January 19751974–75 Up to 31st January 1975
£
RN/RM236,800491
Army382,300898
RAF280,600488
Tri-Service Totals899,7001,877
It can be misleading to associate recruiting results in any one period directly with the level of advertising in the same period, and I will write to my hon. Friend on this point.