HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 c325
26. Mrs. Ridealgh

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to what extent the Co-operative movement has been revived in the British zone in Germany; what is being done to help it take an active part in the rehabilitation of the German people; whether the international Cooperative alliance is being consulted; and whether the British Co-operative movement is being allowed to assist.

Mr. J. Hynd

Since the German Cooperative movement was revived in February of this year 62 societies have been approved and the formation of another 26 is under consideration. To help the movement, Nazi discriminatory measures have been revoked, the Germans have been invited to set up an advisory body to assist in the foundation of new societies, and an expert adviser on cooperate matters has been appointed to the staff of the Control Commission. A cooperative institute for applied economics and co-operative training centres have been opened and a co-operative newspaper has been licensed. Representatives of both the International Co-operative Alliance and the British Co-operative Union have visited the zone and given useful advice.

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