§ 53. Mr. J. Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many colonial battalions were raised in 1953 in West Africa, East Africa, West Indies and Malaya, respectively.
§ Mr. Hopkinson
One battalion of the Malay Regiment completed formation and became operational in 1953. No new battalions were raised in West Africa, East Africa or the West Indies.19W
§ Mr. T. Reid
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the policy of Her Majesty's Government in regard to the cost of military forces required for the internal security of Colonies, and the extent to which these forces should be controlled by the colonial Governments; and if he will publish a list of Colonies and other dependencies showing how much each proposes to spend on military forces in 1954–55 and what cash subventions Her Majesty's Government proposes to make to each in 1954–55 and the total sum so pledged.
§ Mr. Hopkinson
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 14th April, 1954; Vol. 526, c. 1128] supplied the following information
The following table shows proposed expenditure in 1954–55 on the maintenance of colonial military forces.
Territory Territorial Expenditure Subventions by Her Majesty's Government (from Colonial Services Vote) £ £ Hong Kong 167,500 — Singapore 743,800 — Federation of Malaya 3,800,000 — Aden — 200,000 Somaliland Protectorate — 300,000 Kenya 460,000 — Uganda 260,000 — Tanganyika 275,000 — Northern Rhodesia 150,000 — Nyasaland 7,500 610,000 Mauritius 75,000 Nigeria 1,370,000 2,640,000 Gold Coast 990,000 Sierra Leone 100,000 Gambia 16,500 Bermuda 9,500 — Barbados 14,250 — British Guiana 27,000 (1953) — British Honduras 3,356 — Jamaica 50,000 230,000 3,980,000
The above figures exclude certain expenditure on the local forces of the East and West African territories which is met from Army Votes, and the financial assistance by H.M.G. towards the cost of the emergency in Kenya, some of 20W which will be spent on the local forces. The figures also exclude financial assistance by H.M.G. to the Federation of Malaya (£1,009,000 in 1954–55) in respect of the capital costs of the expansion of the Federation's forces, and expenditure by other territories on capital works for the forces.