HC Deb 11 October 1945 vol 414 c442W
Mr. Goronwy Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will ensure that all Welshmen called to the colours are placed together in units commanded by officers who are Welsh-speaking or at least of Welsh nationality.

Mr. Bellenger

Men called up in Wales are posted where possible to the same primary training unit at Brecon, but their allocation to units after primary training must depend on their aptitudes. In the infantry, in almost all cases, Welshmen are posted to one of the three Welsh Regiments; but in the case of other arms the maintenance of small geographical units would be uneconomical and administratively difficult, and would narrow the field of promotion for the men. Commanding officers of the Welsh Regiments are normally chosen from officers of the regiments concerned. In the interests of general efficiency, however, it would be undesirable to impose special restrictions of the type suggested.