HC Deb 07 February 1955 vol 536 cc1529-30
21. Mr. Bing

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why exequaturs were not applied for in respect of Her Majesty's present Consul and Her Majesty's present Vice-Consul at Tamsui in Formosa.

Sir Anthony Eden

In normal circumstances, exequaturs are applied for by the diplomatic representative accredited to the Government of the State in whose territory the consular officer is to function. In the case of Formosa, we have no such diplomatic representative.

Mr. Bing

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that exequaturs from the Republic of China were applied for and obtained for their consular officers by the United States, and, in these circumstances, should he not draw the attention of the United States Government to the difference in views on the law between the British and United States Governments?

Sir A. Eden

I was asked what our own position was, and I have given the answer.