British frontline army units have suffered a recruitment slump of up to a third, casting doubt over their capability for action. The figures were published in response to a parliamentary question by the MP Mark Francois who is also a member of the defence select committee. The Scots Guards, 1st Battalion, only had 460 personnel in October last year. This is 34% below its 697 workforce requirement, The Guardian reported. The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, 2nd Battalion, had 330 people, 31% below its target.