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Heligoland

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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7.

asked the Prime Minister what reports he has received relating to the fortification of Heligoland by Germany in contravention of the terms of Article 115 of the Treaty of Versailles?

As was stated by the then Foreign Secretary in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Kensington, South (Sir W. Davison), on 29th July, 1936, the island of Heligoland was already being fortified at that time. According to our information, the fortification of the island has been completed.

It was not thought that this was a matter which should be taken up separately with the German Government. The action was unilateral and was taken by Herr Hitler following his repudiation of the Articles relating to disarmament in the Treaty of Versailles.