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Foreign Service Personnel (Aliens)

Volume 388: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, under the revision of the diplomatic and consular services, the utmost care will be taken to avoid having aliens, especially Germans, as in pre-war times, representing Great Britain as vice-consuls and honorary vice-consuls?

As with the diplomatic and career consular services in the past, membership of the new Foreign Service will be restricted to British subjects by birth. Honorary consular posts, a certain number of which may be desirable at places where the appointment of a career officer would not be warranted, will continue to be filled by British subjects wherever possible, though it may occasionally be necessary, as hitherto, to appoint foreigners to such posts in cases where suitable British subjects are not available.