HC Deb 08 July 1936 vol 314 cc1171-2
8. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what changes have been made in the recruitment or administration of the Consular Service since November, 1931; and the increase in numbers of this service since that date?


No change has been made of recent years in the method of recruiting the Consular Service. As regards administration, the various branches of the service were amalgamated in 1934 and 1935, as far as future entrants were concerned, so that such officers will not now spend all their career in one area. The total number of salaried officers in 1931 was 351, and at present is 348, a decrease of three.


Is every endeavour being made to obtain British nationals to accept this service, before the appointment of foreigners'?


To the best of my knowledge, yes; but perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put that question down.