Buildings (Destruction)

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 Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he proposes to continue the policy of the destruction of buildings in Germany capable of being used for production for peace time purposes or for housing the homeless population.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

It is our present policy, pending agreement with our Allies, to suspend the destruction of buildings in Germany which are required for civil use, unless they are of a specifically military nature.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is the Under-Secretary aware that in one part of Germany there are three generations of tubercular people living in one room, that the buildings in the neighbourhood are being pulled down and that this is making things exceedingly difficult for people who wish to build up a new democracy in Germany?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I should be glad to have details of the special case which my hon. Friend has in mind.