HC Deb 16 July 1952 vol 503 c2137
28. Major Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what response has been obtained to the proposals to Colonial Governments in the Caribbean area for the establishment of a force of two regular infantry battalions to be liable for service in the area; and if he will make a full statement on the matter.

Mr. Lyttelton

The barracks in Jamaica were seriously damaged by last year's hurricane, and it was therefore necessary to reconsider the financial aspects of these proposals. I am now putting revised proposals to the Governments concerning these two battalions.

Major Beamish

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in the days of the West Indies Regiment recruits volunteered with great enthusiasm to join a very fine force with proud traditions; and will he particularly bear in mind the possibility of reviving this force?

Mr. Lyttelton

My hon. and gallant Friend might be interested to know that it has been decided to give a two battalion force the title of the West Indies Regiment which was disbanded.

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