HC Deb 29 January 1951 vol 483 c62W
Mr. H. Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of His Majesty's Government's endeavours to reconstitute Western Germany's armed forces, he will now grant an amnesty to all ex-members of Germany's armed forces at present suffering punishment on the authority of His Majesty's Government, subject to the discretion of the West German Government.

Mr. Ernest Davies

There can be no question of an amnesty to people who were convicted of brutal crimes against humanity. The United Kingdom High Commissioner is, however, to undertake this year a review of sentences of all war criminals sentenced by British Courts and now imprisoned in the British Zone. This review will be taken on clemency grounds and to remove any existing inequalities in penalties which may still exist.

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