HC Deb 12 November 1952 vol 507 cc927-8
20. Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many Nazi war criminals convicted at Nuremberg have been released; how many have been released before the expiry of their sentences; and how many are still serving sentences.

Mr. Nutting

None of the seven Nazi war criminals sentenced to imprisonment by the International Tribunal at Nuremberg has been released.

Mr. Russell

May I take it that that answer refers to all the Nazis who have been sentenced to imprisonment?

Mr. Nutting

My answer refers to the Nazis who were sentenced by the International Tribunal at Nuremberg. Apart from those, there were other war criminals who were sentenced by United States courts, but they, of course, are no responsibility of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Shinwell

With regard to the suggestion made in a previous supplementary question, with reference to a bargain being struck, that is to say, that war prisoners should be released on condition that Western Germany make a contribution to Western Defence, can we have an assurance from the hon. Member, on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, that they will have nothing to do with such a bargain?

Mr. Nutting

I thought it was clear from my original answer that there is no question of such a bargain. As the right hon. Member for Lewisham, South (Mr. H. Morrison) will no doubt confirm, each individual case is considered on its merits by the Foreign Secretary of the day.

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