HC Deb 26 January 1949 vol 460 cc918-9
31. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has now received from the Argentine Government to the British Ambassador's protest concerning the position of British shareholders in the confiscated Buenos Aires Transport Corporation; and what further steps he is taking.

Mr. McNeil

No reply has yet been received to the representations addressed to the Argentine Government last year, and the Argentine Government have not yet announced the terms on which the Buenos Aires Transport Corporation is to be liquidated. Until these terms have been announced, it is of course impossible to judge whether a formal protest would be justified. I can however assure the hon. Member that His Majesty's Ambassador has more than once emphasised to the Argentine Government the importance attached by His Majesty's Government to fair treatment of the British shareholders.

Mr. Teeling

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask him if he can give any information whether in the negotiations that are going on in the Argentine with regard to the Andes Agreement and so forth, this matter will be further definitely considered, as I understand it was to have been if Senor Miranda had come to this country?

Mr. McNeil

There is another Question on the Paper asking about Senor Miranda's visit.