HC Deb 25 July 1934 vol 292 cc1760-1
6. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Whether he has any information as to the proportion of the present Saar inhabitants entitled to vote in the plebiscite?


No, Sir. The question of the right to vote at the plebiscite is one of those which has been referred to the Plebiscite Commission, which entered upon its duties on the 1st July.

7. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any steps have been taken to recruit a supplementary international police force for the Saar, in view of the continued partisanship of Saar police officials?


This matter is entirely within the discretion of the Governing Commission, which, under a resolution adopted by the Council of the League of Nations on the 4th June, has authority to increase the local police and gendarmerie forces should it deem it desirable. I have no information that such action has as yet been taken.


In view of the assassination of a police officer in the Saar yesterday, will it not be possible for His Majesty's Government to stimulate the recruitment of an impartial police force?


I think the matter must, at any rate in the first place, rest with the judgment of the Governing Commission. They have that responsibility, and I have every reason to believe that they regard their responsibilities very seriously.


Is it not a fact that a British subject has been appointed to take control of the new police force?