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Military Forces

Volume 527: debated on Wednesday 5 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many colonial battalions were raised in 1953 in West Africa, East Africa, West Indies and Malaya, respectively.

One battalion of the Malay Regiment completed formation and became operational in 1953. No new battalions were raised in West Africa, East Africa or the West Indies.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the policy of Her Majesty's Government in regard to the cost of military forces required for the internal security of Colonies, and the extent to which these forces should be controlled by the colonial Governments; and if he will publish a list of Colonies and other dependencies showing how much each proposes to spend on military forces in 1954–55 and what cash subventions Her Majesty's Government proposes to make to each in 1954–55 and the total sum so pledged.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 14th April, 1954; Vol. 526, c. 1128] supplied the following information:The following table shows proposed expenditure in 1954–55 on the maintenance of colonial military forces.

TerritoryTerritorial ExpenditureSubventions by Her Majesty's Government (from Colonial Services Vote)
Hong Kong167,500
Federation of Malaya3,800,000
Somaliland Protectorate300,000
Northern Rhodesia150,000
Gold Coast990,000
Sierra Leone100,000
British Guiana27,000 (1953)
British Honduras3,356
The above figures exclude certain expenditure on the local forces of the East and West African territories which is met from Army Votes, and the financial assistance by H.M.G. towards the cost of the emergency in Kenya, some of which will be spent on the local forces. The figures also exclude financial assistance by H.M.G. to the Federation of Malaya (£1,009,000 in 1954–55) in respect of the capital costs of the expansion of the Federation's forces, and expenditure by other territories on capital works for the forces.