HC Deb 27 March 1899 vol 69 c497

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when it is proposed to fill up the long-since vacant commercial attacheship in Russia; if, hawing regard to the great industrial development about to take place in that empire, care will be taken to appoint the most active and conciliatory individual possible, and one conversant not. only with the details of foreign trade in Russia, but also the British iron and steel trade; and, should any difficulty be experienced in finding a suitable candidate, if the Secretary of State will consider the possibility of combining the post with that of Consul-General at Warsaw, and giving the latter a paid Vice Consul to discharge the routine duties during absence?


Her Majesty's Government contemplates the appointment of three new British commercial agents abroad. It is not yet definitely settled what spheres are to be assigned to these agents; and until the arrangements are completed, it is impossible to state exactly what steps will be taken for the representation of British, interests in Russia,