HC Deb 15 March 1948 vol 448 cc1677-8
13. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that a number of former S.S. officers, Luftwaffe pilots, Nazi technicians and others have been able to travel surreptitiously from Germany to South America, in some cases with the organised assistance of political sympathisers with Nazism and Fascism in Spain; and what steps he is taking to check this traffic.

Mr. Mayhew

An attempt to smuggle to South America a team of 15 German scientists and engineers connected with the aircraft industry was discovered in November, 1947, and it is thought that the leader of the team and his secretary may have succeeded in reaching South America through Denmark before the conspiracy was unmasked. This is the only case of which my right hon. Friend has evidence but if my hon. Friend has information about other cases we will be very glad to look into the matter.

Mr. Driberg

Can my hon. Friend say whether any further action has been taken, by diplomatic representations to the South American nations concerned, in respect of the team which he says did get through?

Mr. Mayhew

We are awaiting police reports from Copenhagen, and when we have these we shall see whether some protest might be appropriate.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us for our own information how we can possibly travel surreptitiously?

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