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Volume 893: debated on Tuesday 17 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied with the present rate of recruitment in relation to each branch of the Services.

On the whole, recruitment to all three Services is going reasonably well at present, althoueht there are shortages in certain areas, particularly the more skilled technical trades. However, there is good reason to believe that Service recruiting has now largely recovered from the effects of the raising of the school leaving age which seriously depressed the recruiting figures during 1973–74.