§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Germany is represented in the Grand Duchy of Finland by a Consul General who is a German subject, while France maintains a paid Consul, who is a native of France; and whether, seeing that the tonnage of British ships trading to Finland surpasses the tonnage of any other country, he will take steps for the appointment of a British Consul in the Grand Duchy.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. BRODRICK, Surrey, Guildford)
It is a fact that in the Grand Duchy of Finland Germany and France maintain paid Consulates, which are filled by officers who are Consuls de carriere, and therefore of German and French nationality. The question of the appointment of a salaried British Consul at Helsingfors is under consideration.