HC Deb 30 June 1924 vol 175 cc952-3W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when the increase to 400 in the numbers of the gendarmerie in the Saar will take place; what is the present strength of the military garrison; and what reduction will be made in the garrison when the gendarmerie is increased?


There were 355 trained gendarmes in the Saar on the 31st March last, but it is not known how many of the 400 more who are to be trained before the 31st March next are now in training. According to the figures supplied to the Council of the League of Nations by the Saar Governing Commission in March last (for the accuracy of which I cannot vouch) there were at that, time 4,000 French troops in the Saar of whom approximately 1,800 were on the active list. That is the latest information in my possession on the subject. I have no information regarding the last part of the question.