HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 cc215-6W
Mr. Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, what are the duties of the British troops stationed in Swaziland; and when they will be replaced by civilian police.

Mr. Greenwood

British troops are stationed in Swaziland to assist in maintaining internal security in Basutoland, Bechuanaland, and Swaziland. The police have not, in fact, required their active assistance in internal security operations since 1963, and their presence has, no doubt, been a factor in preventing serious trouble from arising. The police forces in all three territories have been considerably strengthened since 1963 but no decision has been taken so far about the withdrawal of British troops.