Colonel L. WARD:41.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total sum paid by this country to France from 1914 to 1920, inclusive, for railway services, dock and harbour dues, billeting, rent of houses, hotels, and public buildings, rent of trenches, compensation for damage and disturbance, in short, all services connected with the War?
A very rough calculation shows the amount in question to be approximately £32,000,000. It would not be possible to give exact figures under the various heads without a disproportionate amount of labour and expense. I ought, however, to point out that compensation was not paid in respect of trenches dug in forward areas in France.