HC Deb 01 March 1965 vol 707 cc909-10
8. Mr. Ennals

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have been made to the German Government with a view to the amendment of the German law to enable legal proceedings to be taken after 8th May, 1965, against those known to have been responsible for crimes against humanity during the period of Nazi rule.

Mr. M. Stewart

None. Sir.

Mr. Ennals

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the considerable satisfaction that has been felt in this country at the indication by the German Government that they hope that the Bundestag will extend this period in order that those who are responsible for acts of violence and Nazi behaviour during the war will be brought to justice? Will my right hon. Friend ask his right hon. Friend on his forthcoming short visit to Germany to express the feeling of gratification of many of us that this decision has been taken by the German Government?

Mr. Stewart

I agree with my hon. Friend that this decision has been received with gratification over here. He will understand that this is, strictly speaking, a matter for the Federal German Government.

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