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British Embassy, Lima (Labour Attache)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the duties of the labour adviser to the British Ambassador at Lima; when this office was established; and what is its annual cost.

The Labour Attaché at His Majesty's Embassy at Lima, who is at the same time Labour Attaché on the staffs of His Majesty's representatives at Santiago and La Paz, took up his appointment on 9th May last. As regards the duties of Labour Attachés, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland (Mr. F. Willey) on 7th July. I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour that the salary and allowances for this post amount to £2,050 a year.

Would the Foreign Secretary explain generally whether he is to give advice upon how to deal with labour conditions or whether he is to receive advice from the South American Republics upon how to treat the Trade Union Congress?

His duty is to keep other countries advised of the very advantageous social services and the policy developed in this country. I do not intend to leave the whole world of labour open to others when we have such an example to put before the world.