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Troops (Movement To Middle East)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how quickly he estimates that one Army division could be moved by air from the United Kingdom to any central point of Middle Eastern defence, given the most favourable circumstances.

So many factors are involved that it would be dangerous to give an estimate, but it can be said that, using all the resources which might be available, a division, but not, of course, its heavy equipment could be moved to the Middle East in a matter of days.