HC Deb 22 November 1955 vol 546 cc1243-5
14. Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for War what arms, ammunition and equipment have been taken by terrorists from Army personnel and establishments since the beginning of the emergency in Cyprus.

Mr. F. Maclean

Very few. I will, with permission, publish the list in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the Minister also draw the attention of his right hon. Friend at the Colonial Office to this answer, and try to make him aware of the facts about what is happening in Cyprus? A recent answer from the Colonial Office gave a very different story.

Following is the list:

Nearly all were taken from a warehouse in Famagusta during a raid early last month.

15. Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for War how many British troops are at present stationed in Cyprus.

Mr. F. Maclean

We do not give details of this kind.

Mr. Noel-Baker

This is an extremely important matter, which is of great interest, especially to relatives of boys who are now serving in Cyprus and are doing nothing except being used to shoot up Cypriots. Is it not about time that we were given this information?

Mr. Maclean

As I have already indicated, since the war it has not been the practice to disclose the strength of the Army in overseas theatres.

26. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for War why the Gordon Highlanders were sent to Cyprus.

Mr. Head

To meet the emergency.

Mr. Hughes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that since the Gordon Highlanders arrived the emergency seems to have got worse? Is it not the fact that that the more soldiers sent to Cyprus the more the disorders grow, and that as a result of this muddle there is the danger of the Gordon Highlanders becoming Communist?

Mr. Head

If the hon. Gentleman's policy had been applied during the war we would probably all be Communists now—or Fascists.

Mr. R. Bell

Is there any possibility of what my right hon. Friend the Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) called the Black Welsh" being sent there?

27. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for War what capital expenditure for military buildings and installations he has authorised in Cyprus up to 18th November; and his estimate of the total capital expenditure that is now likely to be incurred.

Mr. Head

The capital expenditure so far authorised for Army installations is about £12 million. The total capital expenditure likely to be incurred is about £25 million.

Mr. Hughes

Has the right hon. Gentleman not heard that the Chancellor of the Exchequer wants a reduction of capital investment in his Department? Has this circular from the Chancellor of the Exchequer been hidden under the carpet in the War Office like similar documents?

Mr. Head

I am not allowed to incur expenditure in Cyprus or elsewhere without Treasury approval.

Mr. Wigg

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that his capital expenditure will be completed before the Government change their policy and decide to evacuate Cyprus?

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