HC Deb 06 August 1947 vol 441 cc1466-7
67. Mr. Stokes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will now state his intention with respect to the progressive reduction of the number of British personnel employed by the Control Commission for Germany.

Mr. Bevin

The strength of the British element of the Control Commission will be progressively reduced as fast as the tasks to be carried out allow.

Mr. Stokes

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the target for reduction of plant of the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has not yet been achieved, although it was promised for February this year? Can he promise greater progress?

Mr. Bevin

I am progressively reducing it, but at the same time I am constantly urged to take on other duties in the re- organisation of Germany, and, therefore, I have to balance the claims made on me against the reduction.