HC Deb 06 March 1918 vol 103 c1951

asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give the names of the three countries to which appointments of Trade Commissioners are under consideration; and whether the delay in making the announcement is due to questions of finance?

Sir ARTHUR STEEL - MAITLAND (Under-Secretary of State, Department of Overseas Trade)

As regards the posts to which the hon. Member refers, the question is under consideration of creating a fourth Trade Commissionership in Canada, in addition to the three Com missioners already appointed in the Dominion, and of establishing a post in East Africa and in one of the other Crown Colonies or Protectorates. It has not, however, been possible as yet to arrive at a definite decision. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.