HC Deb 05 May 1953 vol 515 cc180-1
8. Mr. Finlay

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of battalions now raised for the Brigade of Gurkhas; and the locations thereof.

Mr. Head

The Brigade of Gurkhas consists of eight infantry battalions all of which are employed in Far East Land Forces.

Colonel Gomme-Doncan

Can my right hon. Friend say whether these eight battalions are up to strength and if there is any difficulty about further recruitment?

Mr. Head

The question of recruitment has been a matter for negotiation and discussion between Her Majesty's Government and the authorities concerned. I should not like to go further than that at the present time.