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Foreign Affairs

Part of Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1961.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking 12:00 am, 31st July 1961

If the hon. Member can bring himself to read his own speech in HANSARD tomorrow morning, which will not be a very agreeable exercise at breakfast-time, he will find that I have not misrepresented him in any way.

There is only one other point in his speech worth mentioning, and that is his remarks about the problem of Berlin—the problem of a free city in the middle of a Soviet-controlled zone. One possible solution worth considering, I believe, is contained in a Motion put down on the Order Paper by my hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich (Mr. Marsh) and signed by about 70 of my hon. Friends. This proposes that Berlin should be neutralised and that United Nations headquarters should be transferred there from New York. It suggests that Berlin should then be regarded as international territory, policed and administered by the United Nations. Obviously, this is a drastic idea, which needs careful consideration. But it would overcome the difficulties, which the hon. Member for St. Albans mentioned, of Berlin as a free city hemmed in by more or less hostile territory and unable, therefore, to hold out for long against the surrounding pressures.