HC Deb 12 February 1947 vol 433 cc353-4
26. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has considered particulars which have been sent to him concerning the seizure by a British unit of a house in Germany and the removal of personal belongings when the unit moved; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. Hynd

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for East Nottingham (Mr. Harrison) and to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Bexley (Major Bramall) on 10th February and 29th January respectively. I will communicate with the hon. Member when my inquiries are completed.

Sir W. Smithers

In view of the events described in the Question, and in view of our attempts to de-Nazify Germany, does the Minister not think that occurrences of this kind only tend to make the Germans more Nazi, and that we must try to show them a better way of life?

Mr. Hynd

I am not sure what the hon. Gentleman refers to as "occurrences of this kind.' If he refers to requisitioning of property, I am afraid that has been necessary for the accommodation of our people. The actual details of what has transpired in this case are still the subject of inquiry.

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