§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the approximate annual cost of a battalion of paratroops, infantry, and Gurkhas, respectively, on the assumption that each is of the same strength in manpower.
§ Mr. Robert C. Brown
I would refer the hon. Member to my hon. Friend's reply on 4th July—[Vol. 876, c. 255.]— Variations in the costs of paratroops and infantry are not readily identifiable. The manpower establishment of a Gurkha battalion is substantially higher than that of a British battalion.