Oral Answers to Questions — Field-Marshal Von Rundstedt

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what recent application he has received from Field-Marshal von Rundstedt to be tried before the same court as Field-Marshal Manstein in order to clear himself of the charge of being a war criminal; and under which of the five groups he has now been classified for the purpose of denazification.

Mr. McNeil:

My right hon. Friend has received no such application from Field-Marshal von Rundstedt, but I understand that one has been made to the Regional Commissioner of the Land Niedersachsen. I will write to my hon. Friend when I have examined this application. I am also looking into the question of von Rundstedt's denazification category.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind the fact that, so far as my information goes, the Field-Marshal has been put into category 1, which means that all his assets there are blocked and that he is now living in a state of extreme poverty and destitution?

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any N.C.O.S or other ranks in the German Army are being tried at the same time or are likely to be tried in the future? If they are, will the right hon. Gentleman give that information to the Foreign Secretary?

Mr. McNeil:

I dare say that my right hon. Friend will be completely informed upon that subject.