Oral Answers to Questions — Nazi War Criminals

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 June 1945.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Adams Mr Samuel Adams , Leeds West 12:00, 13 June 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the precise action to be taken by His Majesty's Government when war criminals or prominent Nazis seek asylum in neutral countries.

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I have nothing to add to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary gave to the hon. Member for Maldon (Mr. Driberg) on 28th March. My hon. and gallant Friend will recall that this was to the effect that the Allied Governments would take joint action appropriate to the circumstances of each case.

Photo of Mr Samuel Adams Mr Samuel Adams , Leeds West

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the whereabouts of Ribbentrop has been ascertained; whether he is in custody; and what is the next step proposed to bring Goering to justice.

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

The answer to the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's Question is "No, Sir." As regards the latter part the discussions which, as the Prime Minister stated in his reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Brighton (Lieut.-Colonel Marlowe) on 29th May, are taking place to decide the best procedure for dealing with the major war criminals have not yet been concluded.

Photo of Mr Samuel Adams Mr Samuel Adams , Leeds West

Is it quite clear that we share a joint responsibility with other countries in bringing to justice all these individuals, whatever their whereabouts, who have caused so much suffering to humanity?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I think that responsibility has always been accepted.