§ 23. Mr. Snow
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations with the Allied High Commission have taken place on the proposal by the Government of the German Federal Republic to submit amendments to the Basic Law to the Bundestag authorising the Federal Republic to raise armed forces outside a possible European Defence Community organisation
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
Preliminary consultations are taking place between the Allied High Commission and the German Federal Chancellor regarding amendment of the Federal Basic Law so as to make possible a German contribution to the E.D.C. Any such amendment would require the approval of the Allied High Commission before it could take effect.
§ Mr. Snow
Has the right hon. and learned Gentleman's attention been drawn to the report in "The Times," of 5th December, which appeared to indicate that consideration was being given to the question of amending the Basic Law so as to provide for the raising of forces outside E.D.C.? In point of fact, according to the Basic Law, may such armed forces be raised at the present time?
May we take it that Her Majesty's Government will not consent to any German rearmament outside the provisions of E.D.C.?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Has it yet been made clear whether or not an amendment of the Basic Law is required?