HC Deb 15 January 1964 vol 687 c42W
Mr. Shinwell

asked the Secretary of State for War what estimate has been made of the number of troops required to enable Her Majesty's Government to meet existing and possible needs in fulfilment of obligations outside the European zone.

Mr. Ramsden

The planned strength of the Army is based on the Government's estimate of the number of troops needed to meet our commitments worldwide. The figure is 180,000 British all ranks.