Orders of the Day — Army Recruitment (Publicity)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1948.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 16th July 1948

I have not been impressed by some of the speeches made on the voluntary recruiting platforms. If the hon. and gallant Member wishes me to go into that, I might develop the point a little later.

At the present time, when the economic condition of this country is so serious that we need to organise the whole of our available manpower for productive and useful purposes, the Armed Forces are swollen out of all proportion, compared with their usefulness in overcoming the economic crisis which confronts this country. I have in mind the number of men from the building trade who are at present in the Army. I am interested first and foremost in improving the social, housing and living conditions of the people of this country, and I approach every problem raised in this House from that point of view.