Rail Traffic (Soviet Action)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Captain Albert Blackburn Captain Albert Blackburn , Birmingham King's Norton 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the recent impediments offered by the Soviet authorities to the passage of trains to and from the British sector of Berlin.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I presume that my hon. Friend is referring to the events of last week. The Soviet authorities, on 11th June, on the pretext of inadequate labelling of wagons, began to refuse acceptance of civil and military freight trains from the west bound for Berlin. The matter was taken up with the Soviet transport authorities and on 12th June the trains were able to proceed. This traffic is now proceeding normally except that unjustifiably large numbers of wagons are being refused on the grounds of alleged defective condition.

Photo of Captain Albert Blackburn Captain Albert Blackburn , Birmingham King's Norton

Is it not a fact that last night all communications to Berlin were stopped? Has anything been done about that?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I have not heard of that.