HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1193-4W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that Lille commercial notes are given in exchange for British and French currency to home-coming soldiers by the Lille shopkeepers, whom the men are compelled to deal with, and that these Lille notes are dishonoured outside Lille, both in France and on this side of the Channel; that the men in consequence are being deprived of a considerable proportion of their pay; and if any steps can be taken to prevent this exploitation?


In February last, by an official decree of the French Government, the paper money issued by towns in the invaded district during enemy occupation was called in, and notice was given that the communal notes of these districts could not be exchanged after 31st March last. All troops were warned accordingly not to accept these notes. It is not clear why they should continue to do so. I am drawing the attention of the local military authorities to the point once more.

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