HC Deb 06 March 1951 vol 485 cc218-9
14. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the establishment strength of the Gurkha units in the British Army; and what is their present strength.

Mr. Strachey

The establishment of the Gurkha units in the British Army is approximately 10,300. At present all units are up to full strength.

Major Legge-Bourke

Can the right hon. Gentleman say, particularly in view of the invaluable work being done by the Gurkhas in Malaya, why the establishment should not be raised and, if there is any reason, what is it?

Mr. Strachey

The establishment is fixed partly in consultation with the Government of Nepal and has to be carefully considered. I entirely agree about the excellent service the Gurkhas are giving in Malaya.

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