Oral Answers to Questions — Rhineland (Evacuation).

– in the House of Commons on 13th March 1929.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the obligation to evacuate foreign troops from Coblenz in 1930, whether any date has yet been fixed, or negotiations entered upon with France as to the date, in order to avoid the danger of foreign troops being in occupation of German territory after the agreed date?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

According to Article 429 of the Treaty of Versailles, the Coblenz zone is due to be evacuated on 10th January, 1930, if the conditions of the Treaty are faithfully carried out by Germany. As at present advised, I have no reason to suppose that Germany will not fulfil this requirement, and in these circumstances there is no need to enter upon negotiations with a view to fix the date for the evacuation of this section of the occupied territory of Germany.

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

Will the right hon. Gentleman observe that this question comes from his own side of the House?