France and Ruhr District.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 9th April 1923.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

46.

asked the Prime Minister whether he is able to make any statement on the situation in the Ruhr; and whether His Majesty's Government have decided upon any steps to bring about a settlement of the differences between France and Germany?

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

47.

asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government are prepared to make any change in their policy in view of the recent events in the occupied territory and the Ruhr?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I have nothing to acid to the statements already made in the House on behalf of His Majesty's Government.

Mr. PFIINGLE:

48.

asked the Prime Minister whether any statement has been received from the French Government either as to the aim or the duration of the French occupation of the Ruhr; and, if not, whether the Government has addressed any question to the French Government on the subject?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

Statements were made by M. Poincaré at the Conferences held in London and Paris. the Minutes of which have been published. Further, an official communiqué was issued by the French and Belgian Governments on 12th March last.

Photo of Mr William Pringle Mr William Pringle , Penistone

Has no statement been made as to the objects of the French policy since the statement at the Paris Conference?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

Nothing except the statement on the 12th March.

Captain BENN:

Can the right hon. Gentleman say anything about the purpose of M. Loucheur's visit?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I have another question about that.

Photo of Captain Reginald Berkeley Captain Reginald Berkeley , Nottingham Central

Is it not a fact that the French Prime Minister has recently addressed a message to the Belgians in which he has stated that the evacuation of the Ruhr will not take place until reparations have been settled in full?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I think not. I have not. seen such a statement.