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Anglo-German Society (Meeting)

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why, and on what purposes, about £1,000 was expended to enable Ministers and Members to attend the 25th Annual Meeting of the Anglo-German Society at Konigswinter during the weekend of 14th March 1975; and, in view of the fact that this is a private organisation, whether he will cease to support its activities from public funds.

As a forum for high level informal contacts Konigswinter has made a significant contribution over 25 years to our relations with the Federal Republic. Since 1967 we have paid half the travel costs of British delegations to Germany. I think it is right to encourage these exchanges.