§ 22. Mr. E. Fletcher
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent the proposed reduction of the number of British forces stationed in Germany involves reduction in the contribution by the West German Government to the costs of maintaining British military strength in Germany.
§ The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. Peter Thorneycroft)
The German contribution is not specifically related to the number of British forces stationed in Germany. The German Government may, however, call for discussions at any time after 1st September, 1957, with a view to amendment of the size of their contribution in the light of any relevant change in the situation. In fact, however, there will be more British forces stationed in Germany during the current financial year than was foreshadowed in the discussions with the German negotiators.