British Area.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ruhr Occupation. – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1923.

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Photo of Mr Edmund Morel Mr Edmund Morel , Dundee

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asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the effect of the latest measures adopted by the French military authorities in the Ruhr and Rhineland has been to isolate the British Army in the British-occupied area except where it faces the Rhine; whether the British-occupied area, except the river frontage, is surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by French soldiers; whether British subjects desiring to enter or to leave the British-occupied area are, in fact, free to do so; whether, in view of these measures and of the influx into the British-occupied area of numerous families expelled by the French military authorities from the Ruhr, there is reason to anticipate a serious shortage of food supplies in this area; and whether the officer commanding the British troops in that area has recently reported as to the increasing difficulties of the situation in which the British Army is placed?