HC Deb 08 July 1941 vol 373 cc45-6W
Dr. Morgan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is the intention of the Government to recruit for, and establish again, the West Indian regiments; whether he is aware that in most West Indian Colonies there is a widespread desire for opportunities of the local loyal population to serve in the Forces of the Crown in this war; and what are the objections to these regiments serving in the future African campaign?

Mr. George Hall

His Majesty's Government is fully aware of, and much appreciates, the widespread desire of the population of the West Indian Colonies to serve in the Armed Forces of the Crown. They are of course already eligible for such service, and in particular arrange have been made for entry of qualified individuals into the Royal Air Force and into certain skilled trades in the Army. The question of raising special West Indian units is under constant review, but hitherto such a proposal has been found impracticable for various reasons including other demands on arms, equipment and shipping space.