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The Coronation

Volume 320: debated on Monday 22 February 1937

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7.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what foreign Governments are being invited to send representatives to attend the Coronation; what foreign Governments have already appointed their representatives; and the names of the representatives so appointed?

Invitations to send representatives to attend the Coronation have been sent to all Heads of States who are in diplomatic relations with His Majesty, and to certain independent States which are in treaty relations with this country without diplomatic representation. The information asked for in the second and third parts of the question is somewhat voluminous and I will therefore, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask him whether an invitation has been sent to the Government of Spain?

Following is the information:

List of the foreign Governments who have already appointed their representatives and of the names of the representatives appointed.

Argentine Republic:

H.E. Dr. Tomas le Breton, Special Ambassador, representing the Argentine Nation (Argentine Ambassador in Paris).

Belgium:

H.R.H. The Count of Flanders. G.C.V.O., brother of and representing His Majesty the King of the Belgians.

Bolivia:

Senor Don Victor Carlos Aramayo, representing the Republic of Bolivia (former Bolivian Minister in London).

Brazil:

H.E. Senhor Raul Regis de Oliveira, G.B.E., representing the President of the Republic of the United States of Brazil (Brazilian Ambassador in London).

Bulgaria:

H.R.H. The Prince of Preslay, brother of and representing His Majesty the King of the Bulgarians.

Chile:

H.E. Senor Don Agustin Edwards, G.B.E., representing the Republic of Chile (Chilean Ambassador in London).

China:

Dr. K'ung Hsiang Hsi, representing the National Government of the Republic of China (Vice-Chairman of the Executive Yuan and Minister of Finance).

Czechoslovak Republic:

Dr. Milan Hodza, representing the Czechoslovak Republic (Prime Minister).

Denmark:

H.R.H. The Crown Prince of Denmark, G.C.V.O., son of and representing His Majesty the King of Denmark and Iceland.

Ecuador:

Senor Don Antonio Quevedo, Special Envoy, representing the Republic of Ecuador (Minister Designate of Ecuador in London).

Egypt:

H.H. Prince Mohammed Ali, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., Prince Regent, cousin of and representing His Majesty the King of Egypt.

Estonia:

General Johan Laidoner, K.C.M.G., representing the Republic of Estonia.

Greece:

H.R.H. The Crown Prince of Greece, brother of and representing His Majesty the King of the Hellenes.

Guatemala:

Senor Dr. Don José Matos, Special Envoy, representing the Republic of Guatemala (former Minister for Foreign Affairs).

Hayti:

Monsieur Ernest G. Chauvet, representing the Republic of Hayti (Minister Resident in London).

Honduras:

Senor Don Tiburcio Carias, representing the Republic of Honduras (son of the President).

Iran:

H.E. Hassan Esfandiary, representing His Imperial Majesty the Shahinshah of Iran (President of the Majlis).

Iraq:

H.R.H. The Amir Abdul Illah, uncle of and representing His Majesty the King of Iraq (son of His late Majesty King Ali of the Hedjaz).

Japan:

H.I.H. Prince Chichibu, G. C. V. O., and H.I.H. Princess Chichibu. Brother of and representing His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

Latvia:

Monsieur Vilhelms Munters, representing the President of the Republic of Latvia (Minister for Foreign Affairs).

Lithuania:

H.E. Monsieur Stasys Lozoraitis, representing the President of the Republic of Lithuania (Minister for Foreign Affairs).

Luxemburg:

H.R.H. The Prince of Luxemburg, Consort of and representing Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxemburg.

Mexico:

Senor Don Primo Villa Michel, Special Envoy, representing the United States of Mexico (Minister Designate of Mexico in London).

Nepal:

Commanding-General Sir Kaiser Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana, K.B.E., representing His Majesty the Maharajadhiraja of Nepal (nephew of H.H. the Maharaja of Nepal).

Netherlands:

H.R.H. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, daughter of and representing Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands, and H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

Nicaragua:

Senor Dr. Don Constantino Herdocia, representing the Republic of Nicaragua (Nicaraguan Minister in London).

Norway:

H.R.H. The Crown Prince of Norway, G.C.V.O., and H.R.H. The Crown Princess. Son of and representing His Majesty the King of Norway.

Panama:

Senor Dr. Don Arnulfo Arias, representing the President of the Republic of Panama (Minister of Panama in London).

Paraguay:

Senor Dr. Don Rogelio Espinosa, Special Envoy, representing the Republic of Paraguay (Chargé d'Affaires ad. int. of Paraguay in London).

Portugal:

H.E. Senhor Dr. Armindo Rodrigues de Sttau Monteiro, Special Ambassador, representing the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese Ambassador in London).

Salvador:

Senor Don Raul Contreras, representing the President of the Republic of Salvador (Salvadorean Minister to Spain and the Vatican).

San Marino:

Melvill A. Jamieson, Esq., Special Envoy, representing the Republic of San Marino (Consul-General of San Marino in London).

Saudi Arabia:

H.R.H. The Emir Saud, G.B.E., son of and representing His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia.

Siam:

H.R.H. Prince Chula Chakrabongs, cousin of and representing His Majesty the King of Siam.

Soviet Union:

Monsieur M. M. Litvinov, representing the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs).

Sweden:

H.R.H. The Crown Prince of Sweden, G.C.B., G.C.V.O. (Royal Victorian Chain) and H.R.H. The Crown Princess. (Son of and representing His Majesty the King of Sweden.)

Switzerland:

Monsieur Charles R. Paravicini, Special Envoy, representing the Swiss Confederation (Swiss Minister in London).

Turkey:

General Ismet Inonu, representing the Turkish Republic (President of the Council).

United States:

The Hon. James Watson Gerard, G.C.B., representing the United States of America (a former United States Ambassador in Berlin).

Uruguay:

Senor Dr. Don Luis Alberto de Herrera, G.B.E., representing the Oriental Republic of the Uruguay.

Venezuela:

Senor Dr. Don Caracciolo Parra-Perez, representing the United States of Venezuela (Venezuelan Minister in London).

Yemen:

H.R.H. Seif al Islam Husein, son of and representing His Majesty the King of the Yemen.

Yugoslavia:

H.R.H. Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, G.C.V.O. (Royal Victorian Chain) and H.R.H. Princess Olga (Prince Regent). Uncle of and representing His Majesty the King of Yugoslavia.

10.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether invitations to attend the Coronation have now been sent to the various European countries; and has he yet received any intimation as to who will be the chief representative of Germany at the ceremony?

The answer to the first part of the question is, Yes, Sir. No intimation has so far been received as to who will be the representative of Germany at the ceremony.

Cannot we have some guarantee that this country will not be insulted by the presence of General Goering?

On a point of Order. Is it in order for an hon. Member to put a question of that kind, with regard to another country—

38.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now give the names of the selected representatives of all the Colonies, with the respective detachments of troops from each, which have been invited to take part in the Coronation?

The Colonial military contingent which will take part in the Coronation Procession will consist of detachments of officers, British noncommissioned officers, and African, Arab or Malay non-commissioned officers, from the permanent Forces in the Colonial dependencies: namely, the Royal West African Frontier Force, the King's African Rifles, the Northern Rhodesia Regiment, the Transjordan Frontier Force and the Malay Regiment, and of officers and noncommissioned officers from the various local volunteer defence forces. The total number of officers and non-commissioned officers forming the contingent will be in the neighbourhood of 120. I am not at present in a position to furnish the detailed names of all the officers and noncommissioned officers who have been selected for this purpose by the several Colonial Governments.

66.

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether His Majesty's Government will signalise the forthcoming Coronation by introducing a further instalment of the five-day working week in Government Departments; and whether he will introduce legislation to enable banks, which so desire, to follow this example?

I regret that I cannot hold out any hope of the adoption of these suggestions.

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend remember them sympathetically?

Is the Financial Secretary aware that you have got the power if you have got the will?