§ 7. Sir J. D. REES
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give the House any information regarding the progress of recruiting in India and the measures taken to increase the man-power available for the War; and will he state whether recruits are still divided into combatant and non-combatant classes?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply of 5th June. Recruiting in India continues to be most satisfactory. During the past year, in addition to the maintenance of Indian forces serving in the field at full strength, a considerable number of new units were raised, and some of these are already on service.
Present arrangements contemplate the recruitment of double the number enlisted last year. The transport, personnel, and several other ancillary services are now under combatant conditions. In addition, non-combatants are recruited for service in Labour Corps.