§ 22. Mr. CAMPBELL
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will request His Majesty's Minister at Rio de Janeiro to inquire of the Brazilian Government whether they have yet authorised railways, tramways, and ferry boats operating in Brazil with British capital to adjust rates and fares consonantly with the depreciated Brazilian currency, in view of the fact that the above-mentioned services are now provided by British investors at a loss which it is within the power of the Brazilian Government to remedy by permitting adjustments of rates and charges?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Dalton)
His Majesty's Government are only entitled to make official representations on behalf of British companies. They 1927 have no locus standi in regard to Brazilian companies even though these may be operated in whole or in part with British capital. No British company operating railways, tramways or ferryboats in Brazil has as yet made any application to my right hon. Friend for assistance in this matter. If any such application should be made, it would receive careful consideration.