HC Deb 11 July 1950 vol 477 c1120
15. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for War what collective training of units and formations is to be carried out this year in the United Kingdom and Germany, respectively.

Mr. Strachey

Collective training is planned to take place in the United Kingdom on a larger scale than, and in Germany on the same general scale as, last year.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Will the right hon. Gentleman give some indication of what the scale of collective training is to be in the United Kingdom, in view of the fact that he has merely compared this with last year, when there was practically none?

Mr. Strachey

No, Sir, I do not think it would be true to say that, but I think it is true that our major activities in this field will again be in Germany. I could not, however—certainly not without notice, and with notice only to a somewhat limited degree—give details of the training.

Mr. Low

Is there to be a Western Union exercise in Germany or will it be purely B.A.O.R.?

Mr. Strachey

I could not say that without notice.

Brigadier Prior-Palmer

Would the right hon. Gentleman say, in view of his previous reply, whether there is to be any training at brigade level, even in Great Britain?

Mr. Strachey

I do not think I can go into details this afternoon.