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Europe (Displaced Persons)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, according to a recent report by the International Red Cross, protests against unorganised deportations of Germans by the Poles and Czechs have failed to have effect, and refugees are still streaming into Berlin, where thousands die in the streets; and what measures are being taken to remedy this situation.

I am not aware of the report to which reference is made. With regard to the moves of German refugees from Poland and Czechoslovakia, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the statement made in the House on 10th October by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Numbers of German refugees continue to arrive in Berlin, but the statement that they are dying by thousands in the streets has no relation to the facts. For information as to the measures taken to remedy the present situation, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply I gave on 10th October, to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Deritend (Mr. Longden).