HC Deb 21 August 1945 vol 413 cc445-6
57. Mr. Keeling

asked the Prime Minister the present strength, at home and abroad, respectively, of each of the Services.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, not at present. The extent to which statistics regarding the Forces can be released is now under consideration and an announcement will be made in due course.

Mr. Churchill

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that all discussions about demobilisation depend on the starting-point of the strength of the Forces in the different theatres at the present time; and would he endeavour to give us that information at the earliest possible moment, having regard to the fact that the war has come to an end in all parts of the world, except for sporadic fighting?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir, I entirely agree and I will endeavour to get the figures published as soon as possible. The matter is now being considered by the authorities.

Mr. De la Bère

Surely, there is great need for more widespread knowledge on this matter.

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