Troops, Middle East.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Lambert Mr George Lambert , South Molton

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asked the Secretary of State for War the numbers of the British and Indian forces in Mesopotamia and Palestine, respectively, and what is the approximate monthly cost of each force; and whether there have been any recent casualties caused by hostile action.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

It would be misleading to give actual figures at this stage, since reduction is steadily proceeding on the lines of the programme explained by me last year. As I informed the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull on 16th February, I hope to make a full statement when introducing the Middle East Estimates. If the hon. Member will specify the exact period over which he desires information as to casualties, I shall be happy to supply it.

Photo of Mr George Lambert Mr George Lambert , South Molton

Why does the right hon. Gentleman find it inconvenient to give the figures for the information of the taxpayer and of the House of Commons?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I think it would be more convenient to the House, and more in accordance with whet is usual, if I made a general full statement on the subject, which I am ready and anxious to do.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is it a fact that the House of Commons may not have the number of troops in the Middle East for which the taxpayer is paying?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

Full information will be made available.

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