HC Deb 03 February 1960 vol 616 cc150-1W
Mr. Prentice

asked the Minister of Education, as representing the Minister for Science, how many British embassies abroad now have a scientific attaché on their staff; and whether it is proposed to make any further appointments in the near future.

Sir D. Eccles

Five Scientific Attachés are attached to British Embassies abroad, at Washington, Paris, Bonn, Stockholm, and Moscow. The Attaché at Washington is accredited also as Scientific Adviser (Civil) to the High Commissioner in Ottawa. The Attaché at Paris is accredited also to Berne and carries out liaison duties in Italy and Benelux countries. The Attaché at Bonn is accredited also to Vienna. The Attaché at Stockholm is accredited also to Copenhagen and Oslo and carries out liaison duties in Finland. In addition a Scientific Adviser to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom is stationed in Delhi. Thus the total number of Embassies or High Commissioner's Offices to which Attachés or Advisers are accredited is eleven.

The desirability of making further appointments of this kind is kept continually under review but no additional appointment at present is contemplated.

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