§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many consuls-general, consuls, vice-consuls, and consular agents there are in the island of Iceland; how many of these are British-born subjects; and if he is aware of the importance of the waters in the neighbourhood of Iceland to the British fishing industry, and of the importance of adequate consular representation to protect the rights of British fishermen voyaging to Iceland on their lawful occasions?
There are four British consular appointments in Iceland, all unsalaried. One is a consulate and the remaining three vice-consulates. The holders are all Icelandic subjects in the absence of suitable British subjects. I am aware of the importance of the waters 1049W in the neighbourhood of Iceland to the British fishing industry, but I have no reason to doubt that the consular officers above-mentioned can and do adequately protect British interests.