HC Deb 16 January 1945 vol 407 cc19-20
35. Professor Savory

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether the Union Jack was flown over the office of the United Kingdom representative in Dublin on the King's recent birthday; and what are the other appropriate occasions on which it is proposed to fly the flag.

The Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Emrys-Evans)

The technical arrangements for the flying of the flag were not complete in time for it to be flown on the 14th December. The next appropriate occasions will be St. Patrick's Day, the 17th March, and the day officially appointed for the celebration of His Majesty's Birthday, and the flag will be flown on those days.

36. Professor Savory

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that the British representatives in the Dominions of Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, have the title and status of High Commissioner; and why the British representative in the Dominion of Eire does not have the title and status of High Commissioner but is called simply the "United Kingdom Representative."

Mr. Emrys-Evans

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The United Kingdom Representative has the same status as that of a United Kingdom High Commissioner in an oversea Dominion. The designation of the post was discussed at the time when the first appointment was made shortly after the outbreak of war, and it was then agreed between the two Governments that the title, "United Kingdom Representative," should be employed.

Professor Savory

Does my hon. Friend realise how strong is the feeling among Loyalists in Southern Ireland that the title and status of the United Kingdom Representative in Dublin should be the same as that of His Majesty's Representatives in other Dominions? We look upon this title of United Kingdom Representative as an inferiority of status.

Sir Alfred Beit

Can my hon. Friend say what is the title of the representative of Eire in England?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

High Commissioner.