HC Deb 24 July 1973 vol 860 cc399-400W
Mr. Leadbitter

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many commercial counsellors are attached to British embassies; and how this figure compares with each of the previous five years.

Lord Balniel

The number of officers of counsellor rank engaged wholly or primarily on commercial work at British embassies and high commissions is 58. The figures for the previous five years are:

1972 56
1971 51
1970 50
1969 50
1969 48