German Generals (Trial)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr Charles Byers Mr Charles Byers , Dorset Northern 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement concerning the detention by His Majesty's Government of certain German generals as prisoners-of-war for over three years; the decision now to try them as war criminals; and the reasons for their demilitarisation.

Photo of Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge Mr Thomas Skeffington-Lodge , Bedford

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the conditions under which the German field marshals and generals still in British hands are detained in Germany; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stone

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what charges are being or have been preferred against four German generals now awaiting trial.

Photo of Commander Sir John Maitland Commander Sir John Maitland , Horncastle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's decision to bring to trial for war crimes four senior German officers who were until recently held as prisoners of war.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what new evidence has come to light to justify the decision to place the German generals upon trial after so long a period of imprisonment; and how soon he expects to be able to announce the winding-up of the machinery for dealing with war crimes of the last war with Germany.

Photo of Mr Christopher Hollis Mr Christopher Hollis , Devizes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for what reason the trial of Field Marshal von Runstedt and Field Marshal von Brauchitsch has been postponed until some three years after the conclusion of hostilities.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Tradeston

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the Government have now decided to bring to trial the four German generals who were recently repatriated; and why the trial has been so long delayed.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I would ask the hon. Members to await the statement which my right hon. Friend will make in the Debate on Wednesday.