HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 c851
43. Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British troops are now in Greece; in what part of that country they are stationed; what expense is involved; what they are doing; and when they will be withdrawn.

Mr. Bevin

It is not the policy of His Majesty's Government to give information regarding the numbers of troops in any given area or to disclose facts from which that information may be deduced. The majority of the British troops in Greece are stationed in the Salonica area and the remainder in the Athens area. They are engaged in normal peace-time duties and training. They will be withdrawn when the northern neighbours of Greece honourably agree to leave that unhappy country alone.

Mr. Warbey

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he has frequently given the figures of the number of British troops in Greece in the past? Why has the policy now been changed in respect of that particular country?

Mr. Bevin

I think that wisdom has come late.

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