§ 51. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent the plan for the allocation and settlement of refugees to the British, French and United States zones of Germany has been successful; and how many are still in encampments.
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
Of the 300,000 refugees of German origin whom it was planned 'to redistribute in the Federal Republic by the end of 1950, 217,500 have now been moved. The Federal Government estimate that the present number of German refugees in camps is about 300,000.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Could my hon. Friend say what action is being taken to assist the Federal Government to get rid of the remaining 300,000?
§ Mr. Davies
A target was fixed, and it is hoped that the original target of 300,000 will be achieved by 31st March, 1951, and that during 1952 the remaining refugees will be disposed of in this way. The occupying Powers, of course, give what help they can, but this is now the responsibility of the German Federal Republic.