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German Military Bases, United Kingdom (Soviet Memorandum)

Volume 641: debated on Monday 5 June 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what was Her Majesty's Government's reply to the Soviet Government's protest against the decision to permit Wehrmacht bases in Great Britain; and if he will make a statement.

A formal reply will be made to the protest very shortly. I told the Soviet Ambassador, when he delivered his memorandum on the subject, that the matters of which he complained were part of the co-operative arrangements between allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; that they could in no sense be described as indicating British support for a policy of German revanchism; and that the Soviet fears were thus unjustified.