HC Deb 19 February 1957 vol 565 c188
15. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for War when he proposes to make a statement giving details about the reduction in size of the British forces in Germany; and what reduction of expenditure will result.

Mr. Hare

I cannot yet make any statement.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Minister realise that the country would welcome a statement to the effect that our troops were being withdrawn from Germany? Does he not read the powerful leading articles in the Daily Express on this matter, and is he so far behind public opinion?

Mr. Hare

I do read the powerful leaders in the Daily Express, but I cannot, in answer to a Question, prejudge the result of any discussions at present going on with the Western European Union and with other Governments concerned.