HC Deb 05 March 1947 vol 434 cc460-1
12. Mr. King

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs wliether, in considering the future organisation of I.R.O., he will urge that neither the Director-General nor any other high official shall be an American who is an aspirant to political honours in New York State.

Mr. Mayhew

His Majesty's Government equally with other member Governments will no doubt have an opportunity of expressing their views on the suitability of any candidates proposed for the directorship of the International Refugee Organisation. All the circumstances likely to affect their suitability for the post will then be taken into consideration.

Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

Will the hon. Gentleman refrain from making any such tatement, and will he see that the best man is appointed, even if he is a rising politician, and even if he is in New York City?

Mr. Mayhew

We shall naturally use all our influence to get the best man chosen.