Troops, Korea

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th December 1956.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 4th December 1956

asked the Secretary of State for War how many British troops are still serving in Korea; and on what duties they are engaged.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

One battalion, which is manning a sector of the United Nations armistice line, and some administrative units.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Cannot something be done for these almost forgotten men? Why could the Government not perhaps enter into some discussions with our American allies so that they might take over such small responsibilities as still exist under the United Nations in Korea? I do not think that they would object very much, would they?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

The hon. and gallant Gentleman must realise that these troops are being held there to help to maintain the United Nations armistice line.