The strength of the British Army in India on 1st July 1939, was 2,630 officers and 37,668 other ranks; on the corresponding date in 1937 it was 3,052 officers and 52,387 other ranks.
Is this not an enormous reduction of strength?
Yes, Sir, it is a considerable reduction. Partly it is due to the abolition of holding and partly to the actual transfer of units. It is done in the general Defence interests, and thanks are due to the military authorities in India for the ready co-operation they have given in this matter.
I could not say that.
Yes, Sir. It has been decided that one British cavalry regiment will revert to home establishment without relief during the next trooping season.
Will there be any further reduction in the infantry?
I could not say that, offhand. No reduction is contemplated at the moment.