HC Deb 06 July 1911 vol 27 c1320
Colonel YATE

asked whether, in view of the increasing strategical importance of Ceylon and of the small proportion of its revenue at present contributed by that colony for defence, he would consider the advisability of taking steps to secure a substantial increase in the normal garrison of the island; and whether, in view of the rumours of reductions to be brought about in the Indian Army at an early date, the Imperial Government would consider whether any surplus of troops in India might, instead of being reduced, be made available, with advantage to both India and Ceylon, for increase in the Ceylon garrison?


The garrison of Ceylon is fixed and will be maintained at the strength which is considered necessary by the expert advisers of His Majesty s Government.