Industrial Plant (Dismantling)

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 Benn Levy Mr Benn Levy , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when he anticipates that a final and definitive plan for dismantling industry in Germany will have been agreed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to make a statement but will do so as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Benn Levy Mr Benn Levy , Eton and Slough

Is my hon. Friend aware that a Mr. Barrett of the British Clockmakers' Association has publicly boasted that he has had some responsibility for the threat of unemployment with which the clock-making industry in South Wurtemberg is now faced, and that this has added to the already considerable scepticism in Germany about the disinterestedness of the dismantling policy? Will he therefore reconsider the American proposal for a review, which could either prove or disprove these suspicions and thus have a most salutary effect inside Germany?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I would ask my hon. Friend to await the statement of my right hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

Are we to understand that that statement wil be made on Wednesday? We would like to know what the position is before the House adjourns.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I will certainly ask my right hon. Friend if that can be done.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have been made to the British Government by the United States Government, or by those responsible for administering the European Recovery Programme, to the effect that the dismantling of industrial plant in Western Germany should now cease; and what reply His Majesty's Government has given.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to make a statement but will do so as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

Were such representations made to the British Government and has any reply whatever been made to those representations?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

Yes, Sir. The Government of the United States have made their views clear to us on this subject and discussions are in progress but there has been no change in our policy

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will state the value of the equipment dismantled during the past twelve months at Krupps Works at Essen; how much of this equipment has been sent to U.S.S.R. by way of reparations or otherwise; and whether such dismantling will continue in the future.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I am obtaining the answer to the first part of the Question and will write to the hon. Member. The answer to the second part is "None," and to the third part" Yes, Sir."