HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 cc185-6
10. Mr. B. Harrison

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consultations he has had with the Minister of Defence, regarding the possibility of withdrawing units from strategic points in the Territories under his control.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I am in constant touch with my right hon. Friend on questions concerning the deployment of United Kingdom Armed Forces in Colonial Territories.

Mr. Harrison

Can my right hon. Friend say whether we may take it from that reply that there is no intention to reduce the number of troops that are in Hong Kong, Kenya or The West Indies?

Mr. Macleod

No, but from that answer "No" my hon. Friend must not take it that it is the intention so to do. This is a very grave matter indeed, and if my hon. Friend wishes me to answer it, I should like him to put down a separate Question on the subject.

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