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Ecuador (British Minister Resident)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign. Affairs whether his attention has been called to the peculiar position which the British Minister Resident occupies in the Republic of Ecuador; that in his present diplomatic status he suffers in precedence in contrast with the representatives of other countries; whether, to maintain British prestige he will consider according to this Minister such rank in the Diplomatic Service as would confer upon him his appropriate place in the local Corps Diplomatique; and whether an entertainment allowance commensurate with the position of British Minister will be provided in Ecuador?

The position of His Majesty's Minister Resident at Quito in no way differs from that of His Majesty's Ministers Resident in certain other Latin American countries, and his precedence is determined by international diplomatic usage. He receives emoluments on the same scale as his predecessor. He has, however, been instructed to furnish a statement of his expenditure if he finds the allowances made to him inadequate, in order that, if necessary, authority may be sought for an increase.

Is my right hon. Friend really satisfied that this Minister enjoys full diplomatic status? If application is made to my right hon. Friend for an increase in the allowances for this Minister, will he give the application sympathetic consideration?

This is a recognised diplomatic position. As to the second part of the question, I have asked for a report on the matter, and if more money is needed, the matter will be looked into.