§ 38. Sir T. Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present strength of the Long-Term Reserve; and if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing his estimate of its annual strength in round figures over the next five years.
§ Mr. Reynolds
There are 521 men in the reserve at present. It will build up to its planned strength from 1976, when the Regular soldiers who have enlisted since its inception fall due for transfer to it. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT its estimated strength over the next five years.
§ Sir T. Beamish
Does this reply mean that until 1973, when men who joined the Colours in 1964 will be in the Long-Term Reserve, it cannot make any real contribution to the reinforcement of our seriously overstretched Regular forces?
§ Mr. Reynolds
I think that this was the basis on which this type of Reserve was introduced some years ago by the hon. and gallant Gentleman's right hon. Friend.
§ Following are the details:
|ESTIMATED ANNUAL STRENGTH OF THE LONG-TERM RESERVE 1966–1971|
|1 April 1966||…||…||…||650|
|1 April 1967||…||…||…||1000|
|1 April 1968||…||…||…||1300|
|1 April 1969||…||…||…||1650|
|1 April 1970||…||…||…||2000|
|1 April 1971||…||…||…||2300|
§ Recruiting to this Reserve is voluntary at present. The above figures are on the assumption that:
§ (a) the rate of entry remains constant,
§ (b) all volunteers are aged under 40 at the time of entry,
§ (c) there is an annual wastage rate of 1 per cent.