HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 cc1500-1
25. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many motor cars there are attached to the British embassies and legations; and how this figure compares with the pre-war total.

Mr. Nutting

The number of vehicles supplied by the Foreign Office from official funds for the use of His Majesty's Embassies and Legations is 492. Before the war only the heads of diplomatic missions, which then numbered 54, were provided with an official car. Conditions abroad are now so different, however, that it is impossible to make a true comparison with the pre-war figure.

Sir H. Williams

Why is it that conditions are so different that more people have to travel about in official motor cars than before the war?

Mr. Nutting

For one very good rearon that the Foreign Service staffs abroad have considerably increased since before the war.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

Would not the point and real intention of the hon. Member for Croydon, East (Sir H. Williams) be met if only those people were appointed who were able to maintain a fairly luxurious standard and able to run cars of their own on a comfortable private income?

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