Reserve Forces: Recruitment

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th July 2015.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire 2:30 pm, 13th July 2015

I warmly welcome the maintenance of that target, and I congratulate the Minister on what has been achieved so far. He will recall that the purpose of the target was to enable the reserve and regular forces to be interoperable—change backwards and forwards between each other. A reserve force was to do precisely the same job as the regulars who, in the case of the Army, we were then cutting by 20,000. Will he confirm that the excellent plan that he laid out before the last election—and which has been laid out consistently in the House since—will remain? Will there be any change in that way that we use reserves?