HC Deb 01 December 1953 vol 521 c932
16. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions are given to troops on security patrols in Kenya.

Mr. Head

These instructions are, in general terms, the normal orders given to troops operating on internal security duties where part of the population is hostile. Special detailed instructions are given with regard to examination of documents, challenging, and when troops may open fire.

Mr. Grimond

May I ask the Secretary of State for War whether a copy of these instructions can be placed in the Library along with the other documents which he is to place there, and will he say whether it is possible to employ on this difficult and dangerous work officers who have experience of similar work and conditions, or whether that would be administratively impossible?

Mr. Head

It would be nice if all officers operating in, say, Kenya had experience of similar work, but it so happens that with battalions going round such a situation hardly ever occurs. What is being done is that special instructions are issued, training takes place, and we have to carry on with the officers who are there.