Troops Abroad (Cost).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons at on 15 June 1921.

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Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

78.

asked what is the monthly cost of the Army of Occupation on the Rhine?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

I would refer my Noble Friend to the answer given on 12th May last, to a question asked by the hon. and gallant Member for Leith, a copy of which I am sending him.

Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

79.

asked what is the monthly cost of the British troops in Silesia?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

About £77,000 a month, but this sum is covered by the cost of the Rhine force referred to in my previous answer.

Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

Is there any additional cost in consequence of the recent action of the Government?

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

If there is no additional cost of taking these troops away, what is the need for keeping them on the Rhine?—[HON. MEMBERS: "Ridiculous!"]

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

80.

asked what is the approximate present monthly cost of maintaining our forces in Palestine?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

The average monthly cost of our forces in Palestine in the current financial year is estimated at £380,000.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

What would be the cost of maintaining these troops in England?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

I cannot carry the figures in my head.

Photo of Mr Barnet Kenyon Mr Barnet Kenyon , Chesterfield

82.

asked whether there are any British troops at present in Persia, and what is the monthly cost of their maintenance?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel George Stanley Lieut-Colonel George Stanley , Preston

There are no British troops in Persia beyond a few individual officers lent as instructors to the Persian Army, and paid for by the Persian Government. The second part of the question does not arise.