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No Troops for Saar, Simon Tells House

Great Britain has no intention of sending troops into the Saar plebiscite area, Sir John Simon, British Foreign Secretary, told the House of Commons today.

In response to a question from George Lansbury, Laborite leader, who cited a news report that France had asked England for cooperation of British troops in the event of a Nazi putsch in the Saar, Sir John said: “There has never been a question of the use of British troops. Nothing of that sort on our part is contemplated.”

Sir John discounted talk of violence in the Saar and declared that French moves were merely “precautionary.”