HC Deb 06 March 1922 vol 151 cc832-3
33. Viscount CURZON

asked the Prime Minister whether the Allies now employ any coloured troops in the occupied territory or in Germany; if so, how many, and to which Army they belong; whether this subject is to be discussed at Genoa; and, if not, whether His Majesty's Government can take steps to initiate such a discussion with a view to incurring the substitution of European for coloured troops at the earliest possible moment?


The French employ 18,020 coloured troops in the occupied territory of the Rhineland. These troops do not include any negroes, but consist entirely of natives of North Africa, namely, Arabs, who form part of the French Metropolitan or Home Army, and as such are considered as Frenchmen. The answer to the third part of the question is in the negative. His Majesty's Government do not intend to intervene in this matter, which concerns the French Government alone.

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