§ 8. Mr. Emrys Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now able to make an announcement regarding the release of the military training camp at Harlech, Merioneth.
§ Mr. J. Freeman
I would ask the hon Member to await the statement to be made today by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.
§ 10. Mr. Prescott
asked the Secretary or State for War what proposals are entertained by his Department for making a permanent training area of the Burbage Valley, near Sheffield.
§ Mr. J. Freeman
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 18th February to my hon. Friend the Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Watkins), of which I am sending him a copy.
§ Mr. Swingler
asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken to establish Army training centres in Germany, with a view to relieving pressure on training areas in this country.
§ Mr. Bellenger
No steps have been taken to establish Army training centres in Germany specifically for the purpose of relieving pressure on training areas in this country. The maximum use is made of training areas in Germany for the training of the Rhine Army. Owing to the very large expenditure which would be involved, it is not practicable to move the long established instructional schools from the United Kingdom to Germany for the temporary period of our occupation of that country. Training areas are, therefore, required in the United Kingdom for War Office schools, for the Territorial Army and for the basic recruit training of the Army intake, apart from provision that has to be made for the training of the Regular Army in this country as and when our commitments overseas decrease.261W
§ Mr. Silkin
The proposal referred to is to be considered by the Inter-Departmental Committee on Services Land Requirements. If, on examination, it is desired to adhere to the proposal, a public local inquiry will be held at a convenient place in the locality.