§ 17. Mr. LAMBERT
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.
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Churchill)
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.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
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?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
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.
§ Captain WEDGWOOD BENN
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?