§ Mr. Stokes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, for future years after the next occasion, he will seek ways of economising other than by reducing the scale of celebration of the Queen's Birthday in British embassies abroad in view of the 491W effect of this decision on the morale of British citizens abroad.
§ Mr. Ennals
The decision to reduce the size of the Queen's Birthday Parties was one of a number of economies considered necessary to reduce the scale of public expenditure. The need for economy will continue and I see no prospect of our being able to reverse the decision already reached, which was taken after careful consideration.