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Pretoria (Labour Attaché)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what arrangements are being made to replace Mr. William Vose as labour attaché in Pretoria when he retires later in the current year; and if his post is to be downgraded in any respect, or combined with another diplomatic post.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the hon. Member for Derby, North (Mr. Whitehead) on 5 June, the successor to Mr. Vose, who is responsible for internal and labour affairs, will have the same functions.—[Vol. 985, c. 1072.] The post is not being downgraded or combined with any other diplomatic post. The job will continue to be graded at first secretary level, although Mr. Vose himself was recently promoted on a personal basis to counsellor.