HC Deb 24 November 1965 vol 721 cc506-7
41. Mr. Allason

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of major units of the Army is serving on unaccompanied overseas tours.

Mr. Reynolds

About one in seven.

Mr. Allason

Does not this indicate that there is rather excessive use of unaccompanied overseas tours, bearing in mind the hon. Gentleman's Answer to my previous Question, there being a substantial number of units on very long tours in Germany?

Mr. Reynolds

It means that the Army is fully stretched looking after its present commitments.