HC Deb 17 July 1916 vol 84 cc637-8

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps the Foreign Office have already taken to strengthen the organisation and constitution of the British Diplomatic Service, in view of the new conditions arising out of the War; how far the Foreign Office are working in co-operation with the Board of Trade to reorganise the Consular Services; and with what result?


The proposals of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service are under consideration, but as regards the new conditions arising out of the War it is impossible to speak until it is known what those conditions will be; moreover, candidates will not be available while the War lasts. Any reorganisation of the Consular Service will be discussed in consultation with the Board of Trade with whom the Foreign Office acts in close co-operation as regards all matters of foreign trade.