Inter-Allied Debts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments – in the House of Commons at on 22 March 1923.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Henry Stephenson Lieut-Colonel Henry Stephenson , Sheffield Park

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now request the French and Italian Governments to make without delay definite arrangements for the repayment of their respective debts to this country similar to the one made by the British Government for the repayment of its debt to the United States of America; and whether he will henceforth refuse to allow the matter of the repayment of these debts to be mixed up with the question of German reparations?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I cannot add anything to the replies given by the Prime Minister to the hon. Members for St. George's (Mr. Erskine) and Mid-Bedfordshire (Mr. Linfield) on the 15th February.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Henry Stephenson Lieut-Colonel Henry Stephenson , Sheffield Park

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the French Government have been maintaining an army which is far larger than is required for a peace footing, that they are conducting military operations on a large scale in Germany, contrary to the wishes of their British and American Allies, and that their air force was recently described in another place as a menace to Europe? [HON. MEMBERS: "Speech!"]