HC Deb 11 May 1949 vol 464 c1819
2. Mr. Vane

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on what grounds Max Reimann, leader of the Communist Party in Western Germany, was recently sentenced to prison; and on what grounds he has been released.

Mr. Bevin

Max Reimann was convicted for a breach of Military Government Ordinance No. 8, which provides, among other things, that nothing may be said or written which encourages discrimination against persons who give or may give aid to the Allied Authorities. He was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, which was suspended by the Military Governor in order that he may continue his work on the Parliamentary Council at Bonn.

Mr. Vane

What is to happen now that the deliberations on the basic law for the German Parliament are complete?

Mr. Bevin

I do not know.