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Allied Council, Vienna

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information regarding the work of the Allied Council in Vienna.

The Allied Council set up on 11th September is a quadripartite body formed as a result of discussions by the European Advisory Commission and in agreement between the British, American, French and Soviet Governments, and is composed of the Commanders-in-Chief of the four Allied forces of occupation. It is charged with the task of settling, on a quadripartite basis, any questions which concern Austria as a whole. It has thus been engaged in discussion on such matters as the extension to the whole of Austria of the authority of the Provisional Government, the situation as regards food and fuel supplies in Austria, and other questions whether of a military, political or economic nature. The Council normally meets in Vienna every ten days and the chairmanship is held in monthly rotation by each of the Commanders-in-Chief.