HC Deb 20 November 1956 vol 560 cc1534-5
29. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War what economies in military personnel will be made in Kenya due to the withdrawal of troops from active operations.

Mr. John Hare

In anticipation of the withdrawal of the Army from active operations in Kenya, British troops in the territory have been progressively reduced during the last year by about 4,500. This process will continue. The House will, I am sure, join with me in paying tribute to the fine work of our troops, which has brought military operations to an end and made possible the withdrawal of Armed Forces.

Mr. Bellenger

The House, of course, is not aware of how many troops there are in that area, as we have not had official information, but would it be correct to say that there are large numbers of troops out there who could very well be used, either for the strategic reserve—although that probably no longer exists—or to relieve reservists who have been called up to meet other obligations?

Mr. Hare

As I said in my Answer, we are further reducing this force, and by April of next year the plan is to have about a battalion, with a few ancillary troops, in Kenya; that is all.