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Naval Vice-Consul, Callao

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1922

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the reason for the employment of a naval Vice-Consul at Callao at a salary and allowances of £600 per annum borne on Naval Votes?

This officer holds the position of Vice-Consul, but as he is the only naval officer employed on the Pacific side of the American Continent, and his duties are mainly connected with maritime affairs, it has been agreed with the Foreign Office that his expenses should be borne on Navy Votes.

Is not this one of the war survivals we have found it difficult to get rid of, and are not maritime affairs mercantile affairs, which are much better settled by the Board of Trade and the Foreign Office?

This is not a survival. The maritime and other work which this officer does is wanted at the present time.