asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his attention has been drawn to the activity of the American and Spanish Governments in providing commercial facilities and advice throughout South America; and whether, in view of this fact, he will reconsider the closing of the office of His Majesty's Commercial Secretary at Santiago, Chile?
Yes, Sir. I regret that it should have proved necessary to include the post of Commercial Secretary in Chile among those which have been closed in order to secure the required reduction in the cost of the Commercial Diplomatic Service. I can assure the hon. Member that all considerations bearing upon the relative importance of the various posts concerned were very carefully weighed before the decision was taken.
I do not know. This case has been most carefully considered, and I understand that it is not possible to reconsider it. I will, how-over, present the views of my hon. Friends to the Department concerned.