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Trade Consuls

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 2 June 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what instructions have been given to the trade consuls which His Majesty's Government propose to send to the United States of America;(2) how many of the four trade consuls to be appointed to the United States of America have been appointed; and how many have taken up their posts.

All four consuls have been appointed and have taken up their posts. Their primary function is to assist in every appropriate way the expansion of our exports to the United States, but they will naturally receive detailed instructions on a large number of both general and particular matters which it would not be practicable to reproduce in the form of an answer to a Parliamentary Question. I may add that the subject will be discussed shortly at a consular conference in Washington.