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Scandinavian Countries (Shipping Attache)

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will consider the appointment of a shipping attaché to the Scandinavian countries.

In view of the need for economy in trained manpower and in foreign exchange, my right hon. Friend does not consider that such an appointment would be justified at present.

Will the Under-Secretary bear in mind that the United States have such an attache in Scandinavia, and that British shipping interests are meeting with very considerable competition from the United States of America in that area?

I agree that this is an important subject, but I think the commercial secretaries are capable of doing this work.