HC Deb 07 March 1951 vol 485 cc432-3
45. Commander Noble

asked the Minister of Defence what plans he has for the further use of Colonial manpower.

The Minister of Defence (Mr. Shinwell)

Considerable developments in Colonial Forces have taken place in the last decade. Nevertheless, the Government have by no means closed their minds to the possibility of further developments in this direction, despite the practical difficulties referred to by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War in the defence debate on 14th February.

Commander Noble

While the Minister is looking at this problem will he bear in mind the manpower position in Malta, and consider whether it would not be possible for recruiting for all three Services to take place actually on the spot in Malta?

Mr. Shinwell

Certainly, that point will be considered.

Mr. Fernyhough

Can my right hon. Friend tell the House that in this case there will be no question of conscription and that any Forces will be completely volunteer Forces?

Mr. Shinwell

I take note of what my hon. Friend says.

Brigadier Prior-Palmer

Has any decision been come to about the raising of more colonial troops in East Africa?

Mr. Shinwell

That is part of the consideration.

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