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Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal which countries have now opened a trade centre or consulate-general in Gothenburg.

The following countries are at present represented in Gothenburg by:

  • (a) Career Consuls-General—Argentina, Bolivia, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, Norway, USA, USSR and Yugoslavia.
  • (b) Career Consul—Venezuela.
  • (c) Career consular agent—Switzerland.
  • (d) France has a small commercial office headed by a career consul. The German Democratic Republic has a large trade office which does not have consular status.
  • asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is satisfied that the replacement of the consulate-general in Gothenburg by a small consulate with only one consul and two clerks adequately reflects the importance of this post to British trade with Sweden.

    After much thought we believe that our consulate in Gothenburg, aided by flexible use of the highly specialised commercial staff of our embassy in Stockholm, will look after our commercial interests in the Gothenburg area adequately.