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German Rearmament

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 14 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that many who support the rearmament of Germans within the European Defence Community do so only because it avoids the establishment of a German Federal Republic national army; and what discussions he has had with the French and United States Governments on the political and military steps to be taken to prevent the establishment of a German Federal Republic national army outside the European Defence Community.

The European Defence Community Treaty itself prohibits the establishment of a Federal German Republic national army outside the European Defence Community. Such discussions as are suggested in the second part of the Question do not appear to be called for.