§ 1. Mr. Bramall
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent the display of the black, white and red flag and the singing of the German National Hymn are permitted in the British zone of Germany; and whether any action is contemplated in connection with a meeting at Wolfsburg on 6th March, presided over by Herr Falk of the German Right Party, at which both these events took place.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Mayhew)
There is no Military Government Law which prohibits the display of the black, white and red flag or the singing of the German National Hymn. No action is therefore being taken in connection with the meeting at Wolfsburg on 6th March of the German Right Party. The activities of the party are, however, being kept under careful observation.
§ Mr. Bramall
Will my hon. Friend see that a close watch is kept on these activities in Wolfsburg where the influence of this Nazi-minded party has produced a complete breakdown of democratic local government?
§ Mr. Mayhew
We will certainly keep a careful watch on it, but I am informed that the influence of the party is not great at the moment.
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the "Star-spangled Banner" is sung in the American zone of England and will he therefore insist that only the "Red Flag" is sung by these foreign troops?
Mr. Ivor Thomas
If the suggestion of the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher) is carried out, can the verse beginning, "In Moscow's dungeons dark and vile," be included?