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Foreign Service Vehicles

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many cars are provided by his Department for British diplomatic representatives serving overseas; and whether he can give an assurance that these are all of British manufacture.

With regard to the first part of his question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Salisbury (Mr. J. Morrison) on 18th October. As regards the second part, of the vehicles provided through the Foreign Office for the use of His Majesty's diplomatic missions abroad 84 per cent. are of British manufacture. Most of the foreign vehicles in use are light or heavy load carriers and almost all were obtained from war-time surplus stocks. As and when they become due for replacement they will be replaced by British vehicles.