HC Deb 22 November 1955 vol 546 c1250
25. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Secretary of State for War how many German civilians, both males and females, Ukrainians, Yugoslavs and other displaced persons, are employed by the British military authorities in Western Germany.

Mr. Head

Thirty-four thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven German men, 21,357 German women, 425 Ukrainians, 2,105 Yugoslavs and 4,161 other displaced persons, all men.

Mr. Craddock

In view of the granting of national sovereignty to Germany, is there any intention shortly to reduce this large number of civilians employed by the British military authorities?

Mr. Head

This matter has been discussed with the Government of Western Germany on several occasions. It is a most valuable addition to us in the joint Western effort in Germany, and I do not think that the German Government or anyone else would wish it to cease entirely.