HC Deb 02 March 1960 vol 618 c140W
48 and 49. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Defence (1) in what way the estimated 27 divisions in the German Democratic Republic vary from an equivalent number of British divisions; and whether the number of men and machines is larger or smaller in the German divisions than those of British divisions;

(2) why he is not prepared to state on what basis he estimates that the German Democratic Republic has 27 line divisions.

Mr. Watkinson

I should like to make it clear that although I have stated previously that I estimate that 27 divisions are in East Germany, these are not all German divisions. In fact, 20 are Soviet divisions. I am not prepared to discuss the basis for my estimates or to go into details of these divisions in Germany because I do not consider that it is in the public interest to do so.