§ 20. Mr. Bence
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has considered the resolution adopted by the West German Bundestag, of 8th February, 1952, and referred to in Command Paper No. 8492, in relation to the release of German war criminals; and whether it is now proposed by Her Majesty's Government to release these criminals.
§ 39. Mr. Driberg
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the attitude of Her Majesty's Government to the resolution on war criminals, adopted by the Bundestag on 8th February, 1952, and published in Annex E of Command Paper No. 8492.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
Provisions governing the future handling of the problem of war criminals will be included in the contractual agreements now being negotiated with the German Federal Government. In the working out of these provisions, account was naturally taken of the resolution of the Bundestag, as of all other relevant factors. The House will be informed of all the provisions of the agreements when the negotiations have been completed.
§ Mr. Lloyd
The Question deals clearly with the release of German war criminals, and I repeat what I have said. It is not proposed to release war criminals except on the normal expiry of their sentences, or in accordance with procedures which may be agreed for the termination or reduction of their sentences. I repeat that the House will have an opportunity of debating this matter fully before any such proposal can be put into effect.
§ Mr. Driberg
Will the right hon. Gentleman take note of the fact that Question No. 39 also deals with the Bundestag resolution, and, in view of the terms of that resolution as published in the White Paper, can he give an undertaking that it will not be possible for these released war criminals to be recruited in the German forces of the future, and, perhaps, into Western European forces, to hold command over British troops?