asked the Prime Minister whether the United States. Government have demanded from the reparations pool the cost of maintaining, their troops in Germany; and whether His Majesty's Government are in agreement with this demand, seeing that it will tend to hasten the evacuation of the Rhineland by Allied troops and the reconstruction of Germany?
The Allied Finance Ministers, during the recent Conference in Paris, received a memorandum on this-question from the unofficial representative of the United States Government on the Reparation Commission. They replied that, in their opinion, it would be desirable that the question should be dealt with by means of communications-addressed to the Allied Governments by the United States Government through diplomatic channels. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a copy of the American memorandum, and the reply of the Finance Ministers.
I have this morning received a cable from Washington instructing me to point out to you that the United States Army costs up to 1st May, 1921, amount to approximately $241,000,000. The Allied Governments, with the possible exception of Great Britain, have received their Army costs in full up to 1st May, 1921, and the English Army costs are apparently to be met in full in connection with the present arrangements. In view of the foregoing, the Government of the United States expects to obtain full payment of the costs of its Army of Occupation, with interest from 1st May, 1921, before any part of German payments is distributed for reparations or other purposes.
Your communication has received our most serious consideration. You will find enclosed te text of the arrangement signed at Paris to-day. A special article has been added to this document in order to meet the points with which the Memorandum is concerned. While we have thus safeguarded all rights of the United States of America, whatever they may prove to be, we are of opinion that inasmuch as we are acting under the Treaty of Versailles, to which the Government of the United States of America are not a party, the question is one which concerns our respective Governments, and should be raised directly through diplomatic representations made by the Government of the United States of America to the Allied Governments.