HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 cc682-3
43. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of the recent decision of the Argentine Supreme Court confirming that of the Appeal Court concerning Argentina's indebtedness to the Anglo-Argentine Tramways Company, what steps he proposes to take to support the claims of the Company for a settlement out of court; and what is the present position.

Mr. Padley

Discussions between the Argentine Government and the Anglo-Argentine Tramways Company for an out-of-court settlement are now in progress. The Argentine Government are well aware of the importance which Her Majesty's Government attach to a settlement of the Company's claim. Her Majesty's Government will continue to give the Company such support as may be appropriate.

Sir W. Teeling

Does the hon. Gentleman know whether our Embassy in Buenos Aires is at present helping this company, because in the old days when these problems were raised the Foreign Office always said that, once the Supreme Court had agreed that we were in the right, it would do everything it could to press the claim?

Mr. Padley

The hon. Gentleman may rest assured that the Embassy in Buenos Aires is carrying out the policy as enunciated from this Box.

Mr. Speaker

Order. It is difficult to control Question hour against a background of chattering.