HC Deb 04 December 1956 vol 561 cc1027-8
16. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for War how many British troops are still serving in Korea; and on what duties they are engaged.

Mr. John Hare

One battalion, which is manning a sector of the United Nations armistice line, and some administrative units.

Lieut-Colonel Lipton

Cannot something be done for these almost forgotten men? Why could the Government not perhaps enter into some discussions with our American allies so that they might take over such small responsibilities as still exist under the United Nations in Korea? I do not think that they would object very much, would they?

Mr. Hare

The hon. and gallant Gentleman must realise that these troops are being held there to help to maintain the United Nations armistice line.