HC Deb 07 June 1921 vol 142 cc1665-6
14. Viscount CURZON

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the with- drawal of British troops from Persia is as yet complete; whether he can make any statement as to the military position in Persia and Mesopotamia; what is the present strength of the force in Mesopotamia; and whether these forces are being further reduced?


The withdrawal of the British force from North-West Persia was completed last month. The front formerly held by this force was taken over by the Persian Cossacks who are still holding the positions. The situation in Mesopotamia is quiet at present. With regard to the reductions in the strength of the force, I have nothing to add to the answer I gave on the 12th May to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Henley.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say if there are now any British officers serving with the Persian Cossacks?


I must have notice of that question.

15. Mr. MOSLEY

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of British and Indian troops, respectively, now employed in Constantinople, Egypt, Palestine and Mesopotamia?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Lieut.-Colonel Stanley)

The approximate numbers of troops in the theatres referred to are as follow:

British. Indian.
Constantinople 5,200 5,500
Egypt 13,800 3,200
Palestine 4,400 10,800
Mesopotamia (including force withdrawn from North - West Persia) 10,000 50,000


Who will be charged with the expenses of these armies?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

I should not like to answer that question offhand.