HC Deb 31 January 1945 vol 407 cc1479-80W
Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the special marketing officers who are to be employed in large numbers among our official representation abroad; and, in particular, where such officers are already working.

Mr. George Hall

The need is felt at some overseas posts for a locally recruited man possessing business experience, familiar with local commercial practice, and sufficiently well known in business circles to be able expeditiously to acquire market information of the type required by members of His Majesty's Foreign Service engaged on commercial work. A despatch was recently sent by the Department of Overseas Trade to members of the commercial diplomatic branch of the Service asking them to give early consideration to their needs in this respect and to seek out and interview suitable candidates. It is expected that some appointments will be made in the near future.