§ MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the extent of the reductions in the establishments in the West Indian Colonies and Bermuda, which, as he has announced, it is the intention of the Government to make at an early date.
§ (Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttelton.) The garrison of Bermuda will be reduced by a battalion of infantry. The company of Royal Garrison Artillery has already been withdrawn. The establishment of the remaining battalion will be reduced from 920 to 766 rank and file, and that of the two remaining companies of artillery and of engineers is under consideration. As regards the West Indies, St. Lucia will be abandoned as a defended station, and its garrison and that of Barbados will be withdrawn. The garrison of Jamaica is still under consideration.