HC Deb 23 January 1967 vol 739 cc185-6W
70. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the new British Consul in Taiwan has yet arrived in Tamsui; why he is officially described as an expert in Japanese when Taiwan has been under Chinese control since 1945; why Chinese-speaking members of his Department are no longer being posted to Chinese-speaking Taiwan; and to what extent this is because mainland China would not permit them eventually to return to a post on the mainland.

Mr. William Rodgers

Mr. Bray, the Consul Designate, will arrive at his post on 31st January. Mr. Bray has excellent consular and commercial experience and I have no knowledge of any official statement describing him as a Japanese expert. Chinese speaking officers are considered in the usual way for appointments to Tamsui.