Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minisler of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement with regard to the training of British army units in Canada during the forthcoming months. The house will recall that last summer, in response to a request from the United Kingdom government, the Canadian government agreed to a battalion of the British army being airlifted to Camp Gagetown in June to train with the 3rd Canadian brigade group. This exercise proved of value to all concerned.
This year, and again at the request of the United Kingdom government, we have agreed to a battalion joining Canadian regular army forces in Canada for summer training. The first battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers has been nominated. Details as to the location of the training area are now being worked out and will be announced in due course. As was the case last year, the United Kingdom will bear the total administrative costs. In addition, the Canadian government has also agreed to a proposal that a British army battery and a parachute company should come to Canada later this year and early in 1963 to obtain training experience under winter conditions.
I am sure all hon. members will appreciate this further evidence of the close co-operation which exists between Canada and the United Kingdom in matters relating to our common defence effort.
Subtopic: TRAINING OF UNITED KINGDOM UNITS IN CANADA