§ 1. Mr. Pritt
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on whose responsibility four officials of the Control Commission for Germany, whose names have been given to him, who were charged on 17th March, 1947, with conspiracy, are still at work and exercising authority over subordinate officials who may have to give evidence against them; and whether he is 1922 satisfied that this is consistent with good discipline and efficient administration.
The Minister of State (Mr. McNeil)
These officials have been suspended from duty following the preliminary hearing of their cases and committal for trial.
They were suspended immediately after the inquiry by the magistrate, and, within my recollection, they were suspended on 21st April
I think that the hon. and learned Member would agree that it would be unfair to suspend them until they had been committed for trial. However, I am very willing to consider any evidence which the hon. and learned Member has.
§ Mr. Pickthorn
Can it be explained to the House how eye-witnesses could know that these persons were drawing their salaries?
§ Sir Waldron Smithers
is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is a typical instance of the behaviour of some members of the Control Commission, who, by their behaviour, have lost the respect and confidence of the German people?
§ 3. 3. Mr. Pritt
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the skilled engineer who was put to sort letters in the Control Commission for Germany, in February last, for two to four weeks only is still engaged on the work and only sorting about eight letters daily; how long he is to continue this work; and whether steps will be taken to clear up the position, since this engineer was sent to this work by an officer against whom he may have to give evidence on a criminal charge made against the officer.
This officer was taken from his duties in the statistical and information rooms at Hanover last month, so that he could give evidence in Dusseldorf. He was released from attendance at court towards the end of March, and has since been on leave in -this country. I am assured that he was not sent to Hanover by an officer against whom he may have had to give evidence, but by the head of his branch.
I should be delighted to consider any evidence which the hon. and learned Gentleman has to offer, but I am surprised that he has immediate information about what this engineer is doing.
§ Mr. Bramall
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this man was sent there by the head of his branch, who is one of the officers against whom the man preferred charges?
§ Commander Noble
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether this engineer is working a five-day week?