HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 c1238
42. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for War particulars of the effective cost of maintaining the British troops in the China command for the 12 months ended the last convenient date; does an Indian battalion form part of this garrison; and whether the whole of the cost of same is borne by Army funds?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The effective expenditure on our military garrison in China for the year ended 31st March, 1938, was £1,817,082, excluding recruiting and training expenses at home. Towards this sum, the Hong Kong Government contributed £337,000. An infantry battalion of the Indian Army is permanently lent for Imperial service at Hong Kong and forms part of the military garrison; its whole cost, estimated at £90,000 a year, is borne by Army Funds. Since September, 1937, a second infantry battalion of the Indian Army has been on loan from India for service at Hong Kong, the whole cost of which is, similarly, borne by Army Funds.

Mr. Day

Is any contribution made by the people of Shanghai to this expenditure?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

No, Sir. I have given an answer explaining the allocation of the expenditure.