§ 41. Mr. ALBERY
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he can give any information concerning the effect of anti-British propaganda on British trade in Persia and state what steps, if any, have been taken to deal with the situation?
§ Mr. GILLETT
The difficulties experienced in trade with Persia by this country are primarily caused by the restriction of foreign exchange transactions, recently introduced by the Persian Government for economic reasons. There is no reason to suppose that these restrictions are the effect of anti-British propaganda. His Majesty's Minister at Teheran has repeatedly made representations to the Persian authorities on behalf of the British firms whose interests are affected. Further, the Vice-Consul at Teheran who previously dealt with Commercial work has recently been appointed Commercial Secretary there and now has his own staff to deal with trade questions.