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Foreign Service (New Entrants)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the number of new entrants into the Foreign Service singe the end of the war, classified in suitable age, education and service groups; and, similarly, the number of candidates rejected.

Since the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Will my right hon. Friend say whether the conditions of entry to the Foreign Service which he is gradually introducing are removing those social and educational barriers which have hitherto existed.

I do not admit that at all. I think that in conformity with the development of the educational system in the country, which now spreads to all people, steps have then been taken to develop Foreign Office services accordingly.

Following is the answer: