HC Deb 11 February 1953 vol 511 cc387-8
13. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether negotiations with the Bonn Government regarding the former assets of Herr Krupp have now been concluded; and if he will report their effect to the House.

Mr. Nutting

I have nothing yet to add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 4th February.

Mr. Fletcher

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the very disturbing statement in the "Manchester Guardian" that an agreement had been reached with Herr Krupp and that the Bonn Government had decided that they could not guarantee any undertaking given by Herr Krupp that he would not re-enter the coal and iron and steel industry? Can the Minister give an assurance that there is no truth in that report, which I am sure will be very disturbing to all sections in the House?

Mr. Nutting

I prefer not to say anything further on this subject until negotiations with the German Federal Government have been concluded. When those negotiations have been concluded, a full report will be made, of course, to the House.