HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 cc1288-9
58. Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now in a position to announce the appointment of a successor to the Earl of Reading as British Ambassador to the United States of America?


Pending the appointment of a permanent Ambassador, which will be made in the early part of next year, Lord Grey of Falloden has consented to go on a mission to Washington to deal especially with questions arising out of the Peace. The House of Commons will, I am sure, share in the warm appreciation which is felt by His Majesty's Government of this patriotic action on the part of Lord Grey, which will, in their opinion, be of the highest value in its influence on the relations between the two Governments and peoples.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Cannot this distinguished statesman be appointed permanently?


I do not think an answer is necessary to that. I need not say the Government would have been only too glad if he could have accepted a permanent post, but everyone who knows what the disabilities of Lord Grey are will share in the gratitude that the Government feel towards him.


While heartily joining in the congratulations to the Government on obtaining the services of this distinguished ex-Foreign Minister, may I ask what the instructions of Lord Grey will be to ease the relations between England and the United States in regard to a settlement of the Irish question?


I am quite certain Lord Grey will do all in his power to improve in every respect, where improvement is necessary, the relations between America and the United Kingdom.