§ EARL PERCY
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it has been decided to abolish the British Consulate at Bitlis; and, if not, whether any steps have been taken since last October to fill the vacancy.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The British Vice-Consulate at Bitlis has not been abolished. The post is at present vacant, but is visited as occasion arises by Her Majesty's Vice-Consul at Van, and if events should occur in Armenia rendering an appointment desirable, Her Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople has authority to take the necessary steps.