§ 26. Colonel DAY
asked the Secretary of State for War the number of troops now stationed in Northern Ireland, and the purposes for which they are stationed there; whether it is proposed to withdraw any of the troops; and, if so, at what date?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
The number of troops stationed in Northern Ireland on 1st March last was 4,676 all ranks. Troops are stationed in Northern Ireland, as elsewhere, to discharge appropriate military functions. There is no intention at present of withdrawing them.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great and very efficient body of special constabulary kept in Northern Ireland, and paid for by this House, and could we not withdraw some of the troops there., in view of the existence of this body?