HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 cc1785-6
11. Mr. Stokes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many sailing yachts of all types have been requisition in the British zone of Germany by the occupying forces and the Control Commission; and when these yachts will be returned to their proper owners.

Mr. Bevin

Sixty-three yachts of over 30 square metres sail area have been requisitioned, together with 340 small sailing boats. Requisitioned craft are purchased from the owners by the German Economy and will be returned to the German Economy as and when the reduction of British personnel justifies. The return to the former owners then becomes a matter for the German authorities.

Mr. Stokes

Do the figures cover all the inland lakes, and is that the total, because it seems very small?

Mr. Bevin

I am sorry my hon. Friend is surprised, but those are the figures given to me.

Mr. Vane

Could the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that none of these yachts will be requisitioned for the Attorney-General?