Army Officer Recruitment (Advertisements)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th November 1972.

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Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 30th November 1972

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will withdraw the words, "Talk to the crew on your father's yacht", in advertisements on how to beat the Army Officer Selection Board.

Photo of Mr Peter Blaker Mr Peter Blaker , Blackpool South

No, Sir, but that particular advertisement is due to be replaced by the next in the series.

Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that yachts have come into disrepute since June, 1970? Can he say what percentage of officer recruits in the last year attended public schools? Can he further say what steps he is taking to create a more open type of recruitment to the officer class?

Photo of Mr Peter Blaker Mr Peter Blaker , Blackpool South

The object of the current advertising campaign is to attract candidates from the widest possible sections of the community. In answer to the hon. Gentleman's question about the sources from which candidates come, he will be interested to know that in the last two years the percentage of candidates who have put themselves forward from schools other than Headmasters' Conference schools has been between two-thirds and three-quarters.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

Mr. Reed, to ask Question No. 29.

Photo of Mr Michael McNair-Wilson Mr Michael McNair-Wilson , Walthamstow East

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I have only one Question to the Minister of State for Defence, and that is No. 40. I wonder why those who have two Questions—

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I would rather have a point of order about a Question at the end of Question Time.