§ MR. WATT (Glasgow, Camlachie)
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the Secretary of 309 State has confirmed the refusual on the part of the Local Government of Trinidad to recognize General Perez Leon's appointment as Vice Consul for Venezuela; and, if so, whether he proposes take any steps so as to prevent an interruption to the commercial relations existing between Trinidad and Venezuela, there being now no Consul to represent the Republic in connection with the procedure necessary in relation to the exportation of merchandize to Venezuela?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON)(who replied) said (Manchester, N.E.)
The Governor of Trinidad reported on the 10th of November that he had informed General Leon that he would raise no objection to his acting as Vice Consul in the absence of General Tortigne. The formal recognition of General Leon can only be granted on application in the customary form through the Colombian Minister in London, who takes charge of Venezuelan interests during the suspension of diplomatic relations.