HC Deb 23 February 1954 vol 524 c180
7. Mr. Wigg

asked the Secretary of State for War how many National Service men will be included in the Bermuda garrison.

Mr. Head

About 100.

Mr. Wigg

Will the Minister please take steps to make the parents of these 100 men aware that they are doing their two years' military service to satisfy the whim of the Prime Minister that the flag should be shown?

20. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War the particular merits of the case which induced him to withdraw the Bermuda garrison and shortly afterwards to reinstate it.

Mr. Head

Our status in the Western Atlantic.

Mr. Bellenger

I have no doubt that it was a very pleasant one in which to serve, but nevertheless, there must have been very cogent reasons which induced the right hon. Gentleman to withdraw an old-established garrison like this and later, after the visit of the Prime Minister, to restore it. Does the Minister not understand that it gives the impression that the Prime Minister has had this garrison restarted purely for ceremonial purposes?

Mr. Head

The point about this decision is that just because one step has been taken it does not mean that no other step can be taken in the future. I am not one who believes that I am always right or that there are not a great many people who know better than I do.