HC Deb 16 March 1938 vol 333 c427W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether he has made inquiry into the extent to which in time of war the peoples of the Indian Empire and the British Colonies, Protectorates and Mandated Territories might be enlisted as was done in the Great War both on land, sea and air; and, if so, may plans now be made for recruiting, officering and training them?

Sir T. Inskip

The Indian Empire and the great majority of British Colonies; Protectorates and Mandated Territories already maintain either oh a Regular or an Auxiliary basis or both, forces recruited from the inhabitants of their territories. These forces include in some Cases naval and air units as well as military units. The character and extent of the further expansion of these forces in the event of war would, as in the case of the United Kingdom forces, be a matter for decision in the light of the circumtances existing at the time.

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