§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will reconsider his decision to move the Wessex Depôt to Lichfield, in view of the concern in Dorset and Devon that a regimental presence should be retained in Wessex and of the anticipated adverse affect on recruiting to the Devon and Dorset Regiment.
§ Mr. G. Johnson Smith
No. The question of retaining Wyvern Barracks, Exeter as a third depôt for the Prince of Wales's Division was considered very carefully but the implications of departing from the planned reorganisation of infantry depôts, in terms of manpower, economy and divisionalesprit de corps could not be overlooked.