Military Police, Eastern Zone

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what protests he has made to the Soviet authorities regarding the organisation and equipment of military and para-military German forces in the Eastern zone of Germany; what replies have been received; and what further action is contemplated.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

His Majesty's Government would be ready to make representations to the Soviet Government on this subject if they felt that any useful purpose would be served by doing so. The Soviet Government is doubtless aware that His Majesty's Government view with the greatest repugnance the creation of German military police forces in the Soviet zone, which is a contravention of the Potsdam Agreement.

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is the Minister aware that this House and, therefore, the British public have been kept in the dark regarding the gravity of this situation, and will not his right hon. Friend consider making a statement of some length explaining to us just how serious things are?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

On the contrary, we have kept the House fully informed, and General Robertson has drawn attention to this on several occasions.