HC Deb 24 June 1953 vol 516 cc1875-6
5. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will again approach the German authorities through the appropriate channels on the subject of refugees from Eastern Germany.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the subject of relief for the refugees. I would refer to the answer given to the right hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger) on 20th April. Her Majesty's Government are not contemplating making any further approaches to the German Federal Government. Should the German Federal Government subsequently make any specific suggestions for assistance, Her Majesty's Government would, of course, consider them sympathetically.

Mr. Grimond

If the Russian and Eastern European Governments are now taking up a more reasonable attitude, might there not be an opportunity of reopening the whole matter and trying to settle it, thereby taking one step forward towards a general settlement in Europe?

Mr. Lloyd

The first step is to make certain about the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question.

Mr. Noel-Baker

As there are many refugees who will certainly not be able to go back to their homes, and as their presence vitally affects the peace of Western Europe, will the Government consider joining the new international refugee organisation at Geneva?

Mr. Lloyd

That is a question of which I require notice.