HC Deb 13 June 1956 vol 554 c573
27. Mr. Leather

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to make a statement about the re-formation of the West India Regiment.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Sufficient West Indian Governments have agreed to participate, and I am now considering the measures needed to re-form the Regiment.

Mr. Leather

I thank my right hon. Friend for that Answer, but is he aware that the matter has been delayed for a very long time because of legal technicalities, and that the delay has already done real damage to the Regiment's prospects because many of its officers have gone elsewhere and are no longer available? Will my right hon. Friend really press the project forward as a matter of urgency?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have no reason to think that this very fine project has been jeopardised by the regrettable delays. We are pushing on as quickly as we can.

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