HC Deb 12 November 1940 vol 365 cc1592-3W
Sir M. Robertson

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what general and particular instructions have been issued to the mission to South American countries headed by the Marquess of Willingdon; by which Departments of His Majesty's Government those instructions have been issued; whether the mission will proceed to Central as well as to South America; and whether he can describe the qualifications of the members of the mission?

Mr. Butler

pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, 6th November, 1940; cols. 1313 and 1314, Vol. 365) supplied the following information:

Following are names and qualifications of members of the Mission:

The Marquess of Willingdon, P.C., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., G.B.E.—Governor of Bombay, 1913–19, Governor of Madras 1919–24, Governor-General of Canada 1926–31, Viceroy and Governor-General of India 1931–36. Leader of a previous Mission to South America in 1938.

Sir Henry Chilton, G.C.M.G.—Has had a unique experience of South America, having served at Rio de Janeiro 1920, was British Ambassador to Chile 1930–33, British Ambassador to the Argentine Republic 1933–35. Has also been Minister at Washington and British Ambassador to Spain.

The Hon. Robert Brand, C.M.G.—Managing director of Lazard Brothers and Company, merchant bankers, Deputy-Chairman North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, Director of Lloyds Bank Limited and the Times Publishing Company, Limited. He was Deputy-Chairman of the British Mission in Washington 1917–18, Financial Adviser to Lord Robert Cecil when Chairman of the Supreme Economic Council, Peace Conference, Paris, Vice-President of the International Financial Conference of the League of Nations, 1920. Mr. Brand is a well-known economist and a Fellow of All Souls, and is the author of a book entitled "War and National Finance" (1921).

Admiral Sir Cyril Fuller, K.C.B., C. B., C.M.G., D.S.O.—Director of Yorkshire Insurance and North Eastern Airways. Commanded Battle Cruiser Squadron. Atlantic Fleet, 1925–27, Commander-in-Chief America and West Indies Station 1928–30. Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel 1930–32. Admiral Fuller is well known in all the seaboard countries of South America.