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Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 16 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many Germans and Austrians, respectively, have been registered as due for examination respecting denazification; how many have been examined to date and with what broad results; and what steps have been taken to ensure that those who fail before the tribunals are provided with educational opportunities to appreciate democratic principles and practice.

Denazification in Austria is carried out by the Austrian Goverment in pursuance of a law passed by the Austrian Parliament and approved by the Allied Council. I have no recent detailed information as to the result.In the British zone of Germany there is no system of registration but persons in public administration, or holding positions of responsibility, have been required to submit to denazification. The number who have been examined by Denazification Panels in the British zone up to 31st May last was 1,836,467. Of these 1,511,864 were retained or admitted to office and 324,603 were removed or excluded. No educational opportunities, other than those available to the German general public, are provided except for internees in civil internment camps.