HC Deb 19 September 1950 vol 478 cc201-2W
50. Mr. Hopkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on what grounds the British High Commissioner in Germany recently refused to agree to the incorporation of West Berlin as the twelfth State in the German Federal Republic.

Mr. Ernest Davies

The question of the incorporation of Berlin as the 12th Land of the Federal Republic was considered in connection with the Federal Constitution in May, 1949, when the three Occupying Powers decided to suspend Article 23 of the Basic Law which provides for the inclusion of Greater Berlin in the Federal Republic. When the new Berlin constitution was submitted to the Kommandatura last month the representatives of the three Powers agreed to suspend such clauses as might conflict with that decision.