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Germany (Ruhr International Authority)

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the attitude of His Majesty's Government towards the pro posed ending of the Ruhr authority.

It seems that some of the functions which now fall within the sphere of the International Authority for the Ruhr could be performed or rendered unnecessary by the institutions proposed under the Schuman Plan Treaty. His Majesty's Government are closely studying the provisions of the Treaty, and are very ready to take part in any discussions between the interested Powers about possible overlap of jurisdiction. Pending more detailed examination of the problems involved, His Majesty's Government are not prepared to make any statement about their attitude to the future of the International Authority for the Ruhr.