HC Deb 02 May 1949 vol 464 cc651-2
64. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the total expenditure incurred by the military, navy and air attachés in Moscow last year; and what is the nature of their duties.

Mr. Mayhew

I understand that the total expenditure for the financial year 1948–49 was approximately £28,000. The duties of the Service attachés in Moscow, as at other posts, are to keep in the closest possible touch with the naval, military and air Services of the country in which they are stationed, to advise His Majesty's Ambassador on all mattters affecting the Armed Services and to represent their respective Service Departments as required.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is the Minister satisfied that this expenditure is justified? Could not economies be effected?

Mr. Mayhew

It is justified. It could be more valuable if there were greater facilities for the Service attachés.

Captain Marsden

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether sufficient opportunities for obtaining information are given to our attachés up to the same standard as the opportunities which we give to the Russian attachés in this country?

Mr. Mayhew

No, Sir, I cannot give that assurance.

Sir Wavell Wakefield

What steps have been taken to ensure that reciprocal facilities are granted so that our representatives in Russia get the same facilities as the Russian naval, military and air attachés get in this country?

Mr. Mayhew

We have not overlooked that, but it is a different question.

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