HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc224-5W
5. Sir B. Neven-Spence

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster the number of cases reported between 1st September and 31st October, 1946, of burglary and larceny from dwelling houses of personal property belonging to personnel of the Control Commission stationed in Herford; the number of arrests made as a consequence; the number of convictions in German or Military Government courts in respect of such burglaries and larcenies; the number of cases where the property stolen was recovered; and what precautions have been taken to protect the property of the personnel of the Control Commission in Herford.

Mr. J. Hynd

The number of such cases reported is 54; 22 arrests were made. Nineteen convictions were obtained against Germans in Military Government courts; court-martial proceedings against two British other ranks are pending. In 12 cases some property has been recovered. British civil police and German police have been strengthened and additional German watchmen are to be employed. A system of resident staff is being arranged so that houses will at no time be left unattended. There are indications that these precautions are proving effective, as the number of cases has fallen sharply in the past few weeks