Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign Service (Reform)

– in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Martin Mr John Martin , Southwark Central

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, when he expects to introduce legislation in connection with the Foreign Office re-organisation foreshadowed by him last year?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I am not able to say when I shall be in a position to ask the House for legislation directed towards the reform of the Foreign Service. My hon. Friend will realise that the reform of the Service, if it is to be effective, must cover a very wide field and I do not think it would be desirable to introduce my proposals piecemeal. The elaboration of these proposals in their detailed application is bound to take much work and a considerable time, but I will give the House a complete picture at the earliest possible moment.