HC Deb 09 November 1970 vol 806 c19W
72. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider retiring members of Highland development bodies for appointment as ambassadors.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

Certainly; provided those members can demonstrate the high qualities of personality and experience which career members of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service are expected to possess which are particularly exemplified by the Chairman of the Highland Development Board.

May I, in this context, draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to Proverbs, Chapter 13, Verse 17: A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health".