HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 cc2284-5
51. Mr. William A. Steward

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that children of British subjects born in the Argentine are liable for recall to military service in that country; and if he will consider making representations to the Argentine Government to abolish this liability for military service.

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. These young men are both British subjects and Argentine citizens and while in the Argentine are subject to local law. Although liable to recall for military service in the Argentine, they cannot be compelled to return to that country.

With reference to the latter part of the Question, I have asked Her Majesty's Ambassador at Buenos Aires to report on the possibility of negotiating with the Argentine Government a military service agreement under which dual Anglo-Argentine nationals would be exempted from performing military service in both countries.

Mr. G. Jeger

Since the Ambassador, on behalf of the Foreign Office, is negotiating for meat with the Argentine Government, would it not be better for the Ministry of Food to undertake these negotiations?