HC Deb 12 March 1956 vol 550 c28
47. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what instructions he gives to British ambassadors regarding the purchase of British motor cars for their official use.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

No such instructions are given to Her Majesty's Ambassadors, as purchases are decided upon in London and ambassadors are supplied with the cars considered most suitable for their requirements.

Mr. Johnson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that at Monrovia, in Liberia, the Ambassador, who is the doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, appears at diplomatic functions in his American Chevrolet motor car? Will he convey to that Ambassador that he is not showing the best example to our motor car industry, particularly in these days, and when it is fighting in a dollar market like this?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

The Ambassador at Monrovia is the only Head of Mission who has a non-British car. This was chosen after due consideration of the particular local conditions of servicing and maintenance.