Alabama (British Vice-Consulate, Mobile).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons at on 30 July 1934.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Benn Sir Arthur Benn , Sheffield Park

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will take into consideration the advisability of re-appointing a vice-consul in the port of Mobile, the only seaport in the State of Alabama and one where many British steamers are chartered?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

His Majesty's Vice-Consulate at Mobile was closed after careful consideration in 1932 on the recommendation of His Majesty's Ambassador at Washington and His Majesty's Consul-General at New Orleans. The position was recently reviewed and there appeared to be no grounds for re-opening the Vice-Consulate, but I am once more inviting His Majesty's Ambassador to look into the matter.

Photo of Sir Arthur Benn Sir Arthur Benn , Sheffield Park

Will consideration be given to statements made by people on the spot who know what is necessary at Mobile and the owners of steamers, who find that a good deal of their employment has been lessened by the fact that the steamers have to go to New Orleans for their ship's papers.

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

I shall be glad to give consideration to any relevant facts.