Scottish Regiments (Recruitment)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

asked the Secretary of State for War (1) how many soldiers were recruited for the various Scottish regiments in November;

(2) how many recruits enlisted in November in the Royal Scots Fusiliers and the Highland Light Infantry, as compared with November, 1956.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I regret that these figures are not yet available.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Surely there is something wrong with the War Office when it cannot count the number of soldiers who offer to join?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I think that the hon. Gentleman will not have to wait very long for these figures to be available. I shall certainly endeavour to see that he gets them; I will send them to him during the Recess.

Photo of Mr George Wigg Mr George Wigg , Dudley

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that the November recruiting figures will be published at the earliest possible opportunity?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

Yes, they will be published at the normal time.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Does the Minister agree that the little dispute about kilts or trews is likely to militate against recruiting in Scotland?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I do not think that it will bring about what I would call any significant change.