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Vice-Consul, Belgian Congo

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how far Her Majesty's Vice-Consul at Leopoldville, Belgian Congo, is responsible for answering queries raised by the Export Credits Guarantee Department; what are his normal routine sources of information; and how far is a knowledge of the French language is considered necessary to be able to conduct such inquiries.

Her Majesty's vice-consul at Leopoldville, who performs the commercial work at the post under the superintendence of Her Majesty's consul-general, would normally answer queries raised by the Export Credits Guarantee Department. His normal routine sources of information are banks and commercial contacts. A knowledge of French, which Her Majesty's vice-consul uses extensively, is important for the conduct of such inquiries.