HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 cc190-1W
Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the British Military Government in Kiel has approved as an official flag for the Land Schleswig-Holstein a flag which was originally the symbol of Holsteiners in revolt against the Danish Crown; that the revival of this insurgent flag has given offence in both South Slesvig and in Denmark; and whether he will consult with Danish authorities in order to reach a more satisfactory decision.

Mr. Mayhew

British Military Government has recently approved the flying of an official flag inLand Schleswig-Holstein, a privilege which had already been accorded to other Laender. The flag in question dates back to 1844. I should not, therefore feel justified in withholding the right to fly a flag which has been in existence for so many years. The intention of the British Military Government to authorise the flying of this flag was intimated to the Danish Government as a matter of courtesy before any official announcement was made in Germany.

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