§ Mr. M. Stewart
Following the death of Alfred Krupp last year, the Krupp concerns have been radically reorganised. The profits of the enterprise, which will now be a joint stock company, are to be paid to a charitable foundation of which the trustees are leading German citizens. All control and ownership has passed out of the hands of the Krupp family. In the changed circumstances of today, these new arrangements finally render the deconcentration order irrelevant. Her Majesty's Government have accordingly felt it right to enter into discussions with the other Governments concerned with a view to terminating the order.
§ Mr. Milne
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there will be some pleasure at the outcome of the protracted negotiations and discussions which have taken place about the future of the Krupps empire in the last 15 years, and that we hope that the discussions which are to take place with other Governments about the order will underwrite his statement?