HC Deb 07 March 1917 vol 91 c374

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the French Chamber of Deputies on 2nd February rejected by 325 to 124 a proposal for compelling friendly aliens of military age into military service in France or at home; and whether, in view of this decision by the Parliament of our Ally, he proposes to persist in asking the House of Commons to adopt the opposite policy?


I do not think the hon. Member has accurately stated what happened in the French Chamber. The second part of his question does not, therefore, arise.

50. Mr. KING

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the French Government set up a Special Commission under the presidency of Professor Durk-heim to inquire whether the friendly aliens, especially Russians, now in France, should be deported or offered military service; and whether, in order to attain complete military and political accord with our French allies, he will consult the French Government on this question or, alternatively, communicate to this House the conclusions of the Durkheim Commission?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative; to the second in the negative.


Is that all that the right hon. Gentleman can say? Cannot he assure the House that we are marching side by side with our Allies on the same policy?