§ Sir T. Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how far the Regular army is short of its peace-time establishment; what is the estimated shortfall in 12 months on the basis that present recruiting trends continue; and what proposals he has to rectify this situation.
§ Mr. Boyden
On 1st April, 1969, the Army was some 9,450 short of the peacetime establishment. If the present trend in recruiting continues I estimate the shortfall on 1st April, 1970, as about 8,750.