HC Deb 09 April 1957 vol 568 cc943-4
12. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Secretary of State for War what proposals he has concerning the garrison at Bermuda.

Mr. John Hare

As the House is aware, all the Army's overseas commitments are being reviewed, and I regret that I am not yet in a position to make a statement about any particular garrison.

Mr. Kershaw

Before my right hon. Friend does make a statement about each particular garrison, will he consult the Secretary of State for the Colonies and realise that in these islands and in the West Indian islands—which are so close to the United States and far away from here—these garrisons are almost the only apparent influence this country has, because they can be seen and the British soldier, as always, is a very good ambassador?

Mr. Hare

I think the Secretary of State for the Colonies has heard that. I know he and the Minister of Defence will discuss the point which has been put forward by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Bellenger

Unless it is a matter of great security, can the right hon. Gentleman tell us the size of this garrison in Bermuda?

Mr. Hare

It is slightly more than one company strong.