HC Deb 04 December 1956 vol 561 c1027
14. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will make a statement regarding the recall to London of Brigadier Bernard Fergusson, formally in charge of the Department of Psychological Warfare Operations in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mr. John Hare

The task for which Brigadier Fergusson was appointed came to an end with the cease-fire in Egypt, and he therefore came home in readiness to take up his new appointment as Commander 29th Infantry Brigade.

Mr. Donnelly

Is the Secretary of State saying that Brigadier Fergusson's termination of employment has no connection whatsoever with the allegations which have been made about the conduct of psychological warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Mr. Hare

No; I think the point is that his job out there has finished and he has now been appointed to another one.

Mr. Speaker

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton. Question No. 15.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the fact that the hon. and gallant Gentleman mentioned in this Question is a constituent of mine, am I not allowed to ask a Supplementary question?

Mr. Speaker

I was not aware of that.

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