HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 cc1246-7W

Mr. RAPER asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is proposed to separate Denmark from Norway and Sweden, as far as the British military attaché is concerned, and to place Copenhagen under Brussels; and whether he will reconsider any such proposal, in view of the fact that Brussels and Copenhagen are widely apart, both as regards conditions and language, and that an arrangement of the nature referred to would involve both the extra expense of travelling and the employment of people in Brussels who understand Danish?

Mr. CHURCHILL: The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, except that it is not intended to place Copenhagen under Brussels. The same military attaché is accredited to both Belgium and Denmark. The distribution of work which has been decided on, namely, Belgium, Holland and Denmark in one group, and Norway, Sweden and Finland in another group, is considered the most suitable in view of the various factors involved, including the necessity for economy. The expense of travelling from Brussels to Copenhagen is counterbalanced by the expense that would be incurred in travelling from Stockholm to Copenhagen, if the military attaché at Stockholm were to be accredited to Denmark. The personnel employed by the military attaché at Brussels is limited to one clerk.