HC Deb 22 December 1919 vol 123 c1017
94. Mr. A. SHAW

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state how many British Consular representatives have been appointed for Jugo-Slavia; and what measures are to be taken to extend British trade there, in view of the great efforts now being made in that kingdom by other nations?

Lieut.-Colonel Sir HAMAR GREENWOOD (Secretary to the Department of Overseas Trade - Development and Intelligence)

Three Consulates and three Vice-Consulates have been approved for the territories included in Jugo-Slavia. Officers have already been appointed to the three Consulates and to one Vice Consulate, though, owing to various difficulties, only one of these officers—the Vice-Consul at Belgrade—is actually at his post at the present moment. With regard to the second part of the question, the following steps have been taken to extend British trade in Jugo-Slavia:

  1. (a) Earlier in this year a Commercial Commission was dispatched, which returned with much information of great commercial value.
  2. (b) The export credits scheme has been applied to Jugo-Slavia.
  3. (c) It has been decided to appoint a Commercial Secretary at Belgrade, and every eqort is being made to find a suitable candidate for the post.