HC Deb 18 July 1962 vol 663 cc54-5W
70. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for War how many German troops are stationed in this country; if he will make a statement about their accommodation and facilities; and whether he will arrange for the German troops in Great Britain to return to West Germany and the British troops in Germany to return to Great Britain.

Mr. Profumo

Between June and October this year, a total of about 2,500 Federal German troops are practising tank firing at Castlemartin, though not more than about 400 troops will be here at any one time. Their accommodation and facilities, whose costs are entirely borne by the Federal German Government, are generally similar to those available to British troops which have used the Castlemartin range. These arrangements are beneficial to the N.A.T.O. alliance and I do not intend to alter them.