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Labour Attachés

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment for which countries his Department has provided labour attachés ; in which countries they are to be withdrawn or not replaced by officials of his Department on their retirement; and where additional appointments are to be made.

My Department has provided officials, on loan to the Diplomatic Service, for the following labour attaché posts :

Germany (also covers Austria)
Belgium (also covers Luxembourg and Netherlands)
Portugal
France
Trinidad (also covers Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, West Indies Associated States)
Italy
Sweden (also covers Denmark and Norway) USA
The post in South Africa is filled by a member of the Diplomatic Service and the posts in Greece and Spain are currently vacant, following retirements. In consultation with my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, careful consideration is being given to the retention or otherwise of these posts, but no firm decisions have yet been reached. There are no plans for additional posts.