HC Deb 05 March 1951 vol 485 c30
47. Mr. John Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will now withdraw the order which prohibits British personnel from living with German families.

Mr. Younger

There has been no order prohibiting British members of the Control Commission from living in German households since the rule against fraternisation was dropped in 1946.

Mr. Hynd

Is it not the case that members of the Control Commission have to choose between private billets—that is, private housing accommodation in flats—or living in barracks? Is this not preventing the Commission staff from making the necessary contacts with the German people?

Mr. Younger

I think there are very real difficulties about any considerable number of members of the Control Commission finding accommodation with German families, most of whom are already overcrowded.