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Border Control Force

Volume 463: debated on Monday 21 March 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the nature, pay and conditions of the border control service force being raised to enforce control of the boundary between the British and Russian zones.

This force will consist of 5,000 Germans who will be largely recruited from police officers and other serving and redundant officials. It will control the movement of persons and goods on the Eastern boundary of the British zone. This has hitherto been the responsibility of local German police forces. The force will be accommodated, if possible, in private billets, or in huts if billets are not available. Monthly salaries will range from 149 Deutchemarks to 358 Deutchemarks. and annual leave from 18 days to 31 days. A small British element, recruited within the Control Commission, will be attached to the force.

Can my hon. Friend say who will control this force when the Western German Government is set up?