HC Deb 25 January 1954 vol 522 c1436
12. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many of the 70,000 uniformed members of the German Service Organisation in the British Zone in Germany, who recently took part in British manoeuvres, were connected with the Nazi Party.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

The strength of this non-combatant force is less than half that suggested in the Question. All recruits are screened by British and German authorities. Ex-members of the Gestapo, SS or SD and political extremists are excluded. Some 3,000 of the German Service Organisation, mainly drivers, participated in British manoeuvres last autumn.

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