HC Deb 14 June 1939 vol 348 c1272
2. Mr. Kirby

asked the Prime Minister whether he has completed his inquiry into the matter of allegations made at the Manchester Assizes on 19th May to the effect that the German Consul in Liverpool had, at an earlier date, assisted a man named Joseph Kelly to make contacts with foreign agents on the Continent to whom he sold plans of the Government factory at Euxton, Lancashire; what are the results of the inquiry; how far was the German Consul in Liverpool and /or his staff implicated; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent a continuation or recurrence of such activities on the part of this consul and /or his staff?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

In view of what transpired from the proceedings in court, His Majesty's Government must accept the conclusion that the German Consulate in Liverpool was implicated in this case, and they have, therefore, requested the German Government to arrange for the withdrawal of the Consul, Herr Reinhardt.

Mr. Kirby

While thanking the Prime Minister for his reply, may I ask when this request was sent to the German Government?

The Prime Minister

A few days ago.

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