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Industrial Equipment, Germany (Removal)

Volume 413: debated on Thursday 23 August 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is our policy to remove from the British controlled area of Germany machine tools and other production equipment required for our own use in the same manner as is being done in the Russian occupied zone.

The policy agreed between His Majesty's Government and the Governments of the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. concerning removals of industrial capital equipment is set out in the agreement on German Reparations issued after the Potsdam Conference. This provides that removals of industrial capital equipment shall begin as soon as possible and steps are being taken towards its implementation in the British zone, including deliveries to the United Kingdom.