HC Deb 25 March 1965 vol 709 cc126-7W
63. Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will arrange for the appointment to all British Embassies of a senior official with special responsibilities for the promotion of British shipping and for the early detection, discouragement and prevention of protectionist measures designed to restrict the full commercial freedom of shipper and shipowner.

Mr. Mason

No. At present two senior officials of the Board serve overseas with primary responsibilities in this field. But in most countries these matters are handled by the commercial departments of our Embassies. These arrangements work well, and my right hon. Friend sees no reason to alter them in the way suggested.