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German Troops, United Kingdom

Volume 643: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1961

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asked the Minister of Defence what arrangements have been made regarding the extent to which German troops, undergoing training in the United Kingdom under North Atlantic Treaty Organisation arrangements, will be subject to British laws.

No such arrangements have been made because no agreement has yet been reached with the Federal German Government about the training of their units in this country; but before they can train here it will be necessary to apply the Visiting Forces Act. This would put them in the same position as troops of any other N.A.T.O. country here.

asked the Minister of Defence what undertakings have been given to the German Government regarding the subjection to British criminal law of German troops training in Wales and regarding liability to trial by British courts.

No undertakings have been given. Before German units can train here it will be necessary to take the normal action to apply the Visiting Forces Act.