HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 c225
37. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether plans for demobilisation applicable to Colonial troops have been considered; and when they are likely to be published.

Colonel Stanley

Plans for demobilisation of the Colonial Forces are under consideration by the respective Colonial Governments and have reached an advanced stage. Now that the plans for the British Army have been settled it will be possible to complete the plans for each Colonial force. In view of the wide variety of the conditions which govern the Colonial formations it will be appreciated that no single uniform scheme will be appropriate. I hope that the plans for each force will be completed and published before the end of the year.

Mr. Sorensen

May we take it that, broadly speaking, the method we have provided with regard to Colonial troops will follow the British plan?

Colonel Stanley

I could not give that assurance. It might very well be that under the local conditions, the plan would be quite unsuitable.

Mr. Turton

May I ask whether age and length of service will be the basis for the priority of demobilisation?

Colonel Stanley

That will no doubt be taken account of.

Mr. John Dugdale

Is there likely to be any extra grant for Colonial troops who are asked to remain for a longer period such as is to be made to British troops?

Colonel Stanley

Perhaps the hon. Member will put down that question.