§ 13. Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will take further steps to improve the economic advice available to Foreign Office Ministers.
§ Mr. Watkins
Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the information which is received from outposts of the Foreign Office is accurate and that adequate machinery exists in the Foreign Office for a correct interpretation of that information?
§ Mr. Mulley
The main economic functions of the Government do not, of course, rest with the Foreign Office, but we are constantly examining the possibilities of strengthening the economic service in the Foreign Office and in the foreign field. My hon. Friend is wrong if he thinks that in the various embassies and consulates-general we do not do a very good job on the economic side.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
In view of his reply, will the right hon. Gentleman see that this important service is made available to Treasury Ministers as well?
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. I thought the hon. Gentleman had asked a rhetorical question. Mr. Dodds-Parker.
§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
Will the right hon. Gentleman remove the foreign advisers to the Economic Ministers?