HC Deb 31 October 1966 vol 735 cc13-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what officials accompanied the Minister of State during her visit to Berlin during the Summer Recess to open the British Pavilion at the Berlin Industries Fair; whether any ambassadorial staff were present; and why the opening could not have been performed by the Ambassador or one of his staff.

Mrs. White

I was accompanied by my Private Secretary. The Ambassador, who was on leave at the time, was represented at the opening of the British Pavilion by the General Officer Commanding Berlin. As in previous years it was appropriate that a Minister should open the Pavilion in view both of our special responsibilities in Berlin and of the importance which we attach to expanding British exports to Germany.