HC Deb 18 December 1952 vol 509 c1604
9. Mr. Gibson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the necessity of appointing labour attachés in Yugoslavia and Turkey; and with what result.

Sir W. Monckton

I keep the need for posts of labour attachés under review jointly with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. The possibility of appointments to the two posts mentioned will be kept in mind for consideration when financial conditions permit.

Mr. Gibson

Does the Minister appreciate the very significant developments in both countries, particularly in trade union and labour matters; and would it not be a good thing to have in these countries men or women skilled and knowledgeable in trade union and labour matters to advise the Foreign Office, particularly in view of the new developments that are taking place?

Sir W. Monckton

I am aware of the field for work, and as soon as limitations of economy are removed from me I will bear that suggestion in mind.