asked the Minister of Defence whether, in view of the decision to accelerate releases from the Army during the first quarter of 1948, he will now give his estimate of the numbers of men and women who will be serving in the forces on 31st March, 1948.
I would ask my hon. Friend to await the statement to be made this afternoon by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, in the Debate on the state of the nation.
In view of the fact that confidence in similar replies to other Questions has often proved to be misplaced, can my right hon. Friend give a guarantee that the information asked for in the Question will be given by the Prime Minister?
The hon. Gentleman had better await the speech.
British Forces, India
asked the Minister of Defence what will be the role of the British Forces who remain in India after 15th August during the next few months before they are finally withdrawn.
After 15th August, the Governments of India and Pakistan will be responsible for the maintenance of law and order in their respective territories. British troops will not be available to intervene in case of internal disorder, and will in fact have no operational responsibility.
Free Travel Warrants
asked the Minister of Defence if he will now make a statement on the issue of free travel warrants to Service men.
This matter is still under consideration.
How soon does my right hon. Friend expect it will be possible to make a statement?
I could not say today, but I will let my hon. Friend know as soon as possible.