§ 3. Sir Alfred Beit
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the nature and duties of the British political representatives in Finland, Bulgaria and Rumania; whether His Majesty's Government contemplate entering into diplomatic relations with those countries; and 2048 whether the Soviet Government have diplomatic representations in them.
§ Mr. Law
The duties of the British political representatives in Finland, Bulgaria and Rumania are to protect British interests in those countries. His Majesty's Government do not contemplate entering into diplomatic relations with the Governments of those countries during the armistice period. The Soviet Government do not maintain diplomatic representatives in those countries.
§ Sir A. Beit
Can my right hon. Friend say to whom these political representatives are responsible? Further, in view of the fact that both Russia and ourselves are represented diplomatically in Italy, which is an ex-enemy country, why should we not have similar representation in other ex-enemy countries?
§ Mr. McGovern
Has not Russia very efficient representatives in all these countries, although they might not be called diplomats?
§ Commander Agnew
Do the duties of these political representatives include the arranging of facilities for correspondents of the British Press to carry out their functions in the capitals of these countries?
§ Sir A. Beit
Has Russia also political representatives in these countries? Were not these other representatives appointed by the Allied Military Commission?