United Kingdom Forces (Deployment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Territories – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1960.

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Mr. B. Harrison:

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consultations he has had with the Minister of Defence, regarding the possibility of withdrawing units from strategic points in the Territories under his control.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I am in constant touch with my right hon. Friend on questions concerning the deployment of United Kingdom Armed Forces in Colonial Territories.

Mr. Harrison:

Can my right hon. Friend say whether we may take it from that reply that there is no intention to reduce the number of troops that are in Hong Kong, Kenya or The West Indies?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

No, but from that answer "No" my hon. Friend must not take it that it is the intention so to do. This is a very grave matter indeed, and if my hon. Friend wishes me to answer it, I should like him to put down a separate Question on the subject.