§ Mr. MARRIOTT
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state what is the approximate strength of the British force at Taranto (Italian Expeditionary Force); 53W for what specific purpose the force is now maintained there; and how long the camp is likely to be occupied by a British force?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The present strength of the British force at Taranto is approximately 9,000. This force comprises six battalions of the British West Indies Regiment, which are at present awaiting passage home. In addition, one British battalion is temporarily stationed at Taranto for the purpose of maintaining order. The Port and Rest Camp Staff, amounting to some two or three hundred, is required to deal with the large number of men passing through the port, proceeding home for leave or demobilisation. The camp will be required for such time as men continue to be demobilised from the Eastern Mediterranean and Armies of Occupation.