HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 cc1055-6
29. Mr. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will appoint a person of high qualifications to the vacant post of Consul-General in Chicago, in view of the great opportunities for British trade in the Middle West.

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. I agree about the importance of this post, and I hope shortly to make a new appointment.

Mr. Osborne

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the fact that the people of Chicago feel that the important British visitors go only to Washington and New York; and will he see that that area, which could provide a lot of trade, will be looked after?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. I have been giving consideration to both this and the question of the information services, and the whole re-organisation of our methods in the Middle West, and particularly on the West Coast.