§ Mr. Churchill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost of 44 Parachute Brigade (Volunteers) in its final year before disbandment; and if he will examine as a matter of urgency the possibility of reconstituting this airborne force.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
The primary operational role of 44 Parachute Brigade (Volunteers) is now undertaken by 7 Field Force and in these circumstances no requirement exists for its reconstitution. Details of the cost of 44 Parachute Brigade (Volunteers) are not readily available.