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Occupying Troops (Illegitimate Children)

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 30 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will initiate consultations between zonal authorities in Germany with a view to securing joint action on marital affairs and the care of illegitimate children involving troops of the occupying Powers.

Is there any likelihood of this very important matter being considered either unilaterally or multi-laterally, in the days to come?

I think it would be resented by our Allies if we interfered in the behaviour of their troops within their own zones of responsibility. The care of illegitimate children is a matter which has been left in each zone as the sole responsibility of the German authorities.

Will my right hon. Friend see whether, in fact, we can recommend action of this kind, seeing that in many cases our men are involved?