HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc133-4W
120. Mr. Hyde

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what has been the total amount to date of the contribution made by Her Majesty's Government towards the cost of maintaining the war criminals in Spandau Prison, Berlin; what is the average amount of the present annual contribution; and what proposal he has to make for the release of this institution from Four-Power control.

Mr. Ian Harvey

In answer to the first part of the Question, the gross cost of Spandau to Her Majesty's Government since 1946 has been about £90,000. Following recent administrative economies, the net sterling cost for the year beginning on 1st April will be about £3,500. The question of relinquishing control over this prison is a matter for agreement between the Four Powers jointly, and expressions of view on behalf of Her Majesty's Government alone are inappropriate.

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