HC Deb 02 November 1949 vol 469 c45W
8. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements were made when Eire left the Commonwealth for those British diplomatic and consular posts which had previously looked after Eire's interests, to hand over correspondence, etc., and to whom; and to what extent are any British foreign posts still looking after the interests of citizens of Eire.

Mr. Mayhew

No such arrangements have been made; the Government of the Irish Republic have been asked to define their attitude, but no reply has so far been received. In the meantime, United Kingdom diplomatic and consular officers at posts in countries where the Government of the Irish Republic have no representatives of their own, have been directed to refer on request all questions involving the interests of citizens of the Irish Republic, who are not also British subjects, to the Foreign Office, which would then transmit the appropriate instructions to the mission concerned after the wishes of the Irish Republican authorities had been ascertained.