HC Deb 21 March 1962 vol 656 c44W
60. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Lord Privy Seal what further action has been taken on the incident at Stahnsdorf on the night of 10th–11th March when Lieut.-Colonel Brown and Corporal Day of the British Military Mission were fired on by East German Grenzpolizei; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. P. Thomas

Since the statement by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence on 12th March, this incident has been taken up by the Head of the British Military Mission in the Soviet Zone of Germany with the Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Forces in Germany, Marshal Koniev. The Head of the British Military Mission has protested at the incident in the name of the Commander-in-Chief, British Army of the Rhine. Marshal Koniev expressed regret at the incident and has undertaken to investigate it. We have not yet heard the results of this investigation.

I am glad to say that Corporal Day's condition was sufficiently improved for him to be moved from the hospital in Potsdam to the British Military Hospital in Berlin on the 19th of March. A British doctor was allowed to visit him while he was in the East German hospital, and his medical treatment left nothing to be desired.

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