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Israel (Commercial Representative)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 14 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has yet appointed a commercial representative to the State of Israel.

Yes, Sir. A First Secretary (Commercial) has been appointed to the staff of the United Kingdom Representative in Israel, and it is planned that he shall proceed to Tel Aviv with the other members of Mr. Helm's staff as soon as possible.

Could the hon. Gentleman tell us the name of this representative.

What are the qualifications of this gentleman who has been appointed? Does he know conditions in Israel?

So far as I am aware, the person concerned has a record of long and reliable service in the Foreign Service.

Would my hon. Friend also consider the sending out of a commercial delegation to extend friendly relations with the State of Israel in order that this country may not be pushed to the bottom of the queue in this part of Palestine?

Will my hon. Friend give the House an assurance that there has been no phonetic error in the name which he has transmitted to the House this morning?