§ 41. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will explain in detail the proposed nature of the free elections which Her Majesty's Government have suggested should be held for a unified Germany.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
This is explained in some detail in the Plan for German Reunification which my right hon. Friend tabled at the Berlin Conference on 29th January. Copies of this Plan have been made available in the Library, and I would direct the hon. Gentleman's attention to the first two and a half pages.
§ Mr. Hughes
Will the Minister explain whether the free elections we are advocating are of the same kind as those that prevailed in West Germany at the last election, when there was no limit to the election expenses and when the Social Democrats were under an obvious disadvantage because of the enormous sums that Dr. Adenauer had to spend? Is that what the Government mean by free elections?
§ Mr. Warbey
Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that most of us on this side of the House are fully in agreement with the policy of seeking to hold free elections along the lines he has indicated, but that the rest of his policy makes that impossible?