§ 18. Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the frais de representation of our Ambassador in Moscow should amount to £49,380 or nearly twice as much as any other foreign capital.
§ Mr. Nutting
Thefrais de representation assigned to H.M. Ambassador at Moscow are inflated because of the unrealistic rate of exchange of 11 roubles to the £, which the Russian Government introduced in 1950. The real value of the rouble is estimated to be about 60 to the £. At this rate the frais would be about one-fifth of the figure given.