§ MR. WILLIAM ALLAN (Gateshead)
On behalf of the hon. Member for Sunderland (Sir EDWARD GOURLEY), I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, if all the Consuls representing Great Britain in Venezuela are American, and that as a consequence when difficulties arise between the British and Venezuelan Governments the Consuls as a rule resign? and whether, in future, he will endeavour as far as possible to give the appointments to British subjects?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY of STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. GEORGE CURZON,) Lancashire, Southport
None of the Consular officers representing Great Britain in Venezuela are American. In the selection of such officers preference should be given to British subjects, if such persons possessing the requisite qualification can be secured.