HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 c1382
52. Mr. Vane

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the object of the recent visit to Germany by a delegation from the National Council of Labour; and whether visits to Germany can now be made by delegations from all political parties.

Mr. McNeil

The object of this delegation was to make contact with the Social Democrat Party and the trade unions and co-operative movements in the British zone and in Berlin. Each application will be dealt with on its merits.

Mr. Vane

Can the Under-Secretary state whether any charge is made against public funds?

Mr. McNeil

I should like notice of that question.

Mr. Pickthorn

Can the Minister tell us what constitutes "merits" on the part of any political organisation?

Mr. McNeil

Most certainly—so far as they might contribute towards rebuilding a democratic Germany.

Mr. Michael Foot

Does the reply mean that some hon. Members on the other side of the House would be able to re-establish their associations with the Nazis of Germany?