49. Mr. Vane
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the rules 191 governing the public performance of Wagner's operas in the British zone of Germany and Austria: and whether the same rules apply in the other zones.
§ The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Mr. John Hynd)
We do not allow any music primarily associated with Nazism of militarism, but this does not mean that there is a general ban on operas by Wagner or any other composer. The banning of works by particular composers was a notorious feature of Nazi rule which we have no desire to imitate. So far as I am aware, the practice of the other occupying Powers is similar to our own.
§ Mr. Quintin Hogg
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, if he wants to revive Nazism in Germany, the best way to do it is by arousing the deepest resentment of the Germans by defiling the monuments to their dead and by making ourselves ridiculous by banning their works of music?
§ Mr. Hynd
The question of monuments is not raised in this Question. If the hon. Member will read the answer I have given, he will see that we do not ban the works of any particular composer, but that we do prevent the playing of Nazi music and other militaristic music in Germany. I might add that I am quite surprised to find this enthusiasm for reviving militaristic and other practices in Germany at the present time.
§ Mr. Speaker
I see no reason to interfere and I suggest to the hon. Member that he himself was to blame for raising a point which really had little to do with the Question on the Order Paper.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it is widely understood in Vienna that his Department has banned public performances of Wagner's operas and that, in consequence, his administration is regarded in the same light as that of Dr. Goebbels?
§ Mr. Hynd
No opera by any particular composer, nor of composers generally, his been banned as such, but there are certain pieces of music which it is not desirable that the Germans should play in public at the present time. We have no intention of alloWing such pieces as the "Horst Wessel "To be played.