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War Plants (Dismantling)

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what agreement has been reached on the German war plants scheduled for dismantling.

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the result of the discussions on the Humphrey Committee's report, about which an announcement was made on 31st March. The dismantling of war plants was not under discussion and no new agreement was reached on this subject.

Does my hon. Friend remember that his right hon. Friend at Potsdam, and on a number of occasions in this House, gave the most solemn assurances that the countries which were ravaged by the Nazis would be assisted in their restoration and reconstruction by reparations from German capital equipment, and can my hon. Friend tell the House whether the change in attitude which is now shown by keeping this heavy capital equipment in Western Germany is due to pressure from Wall Street or the Conservative Central Office or from both?

I think the hon. Gentleman is confused. The recent agreement does not refer to war plants at all.