HC Deb 18 April 1940 vol 359 cc1122-3
76. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department how many commercial attachés there are in the Central American countries

Mr. Shakespeare (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

There are no commercial diplomatic officers in Central America, but in each of the capital cities of the six Central American Republics there are career Consular officers who are charged with the furtherance of our trade interests. My Department is fully alive to the importance of developing United Kingdom exports to these countries, and consideration is now being given to the appointment of a commercial secretary at Panama, or some other suitable centre, for the purpose of co-ordinating the commercial work of the Consular officers in Central America.

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