Yes, Sir, a Press Attaché has been appointed to the Embassy who has a knowledge of the Russian language. His staff combine journalistic and broadcasting qualifications with knowledge of the language.
He has a good basic knowledge of Russian and was for two years in charge of the European service of the B.B.C. He is accompanied by a journalist who speaks Russian.
I have said that he has a working knowledge of Russian. He worked at it for two years. I have searched the whole country to find somebody with suitable qualifications for this important post, and I can assure my hon. Friend that this gentleman will fulfil quite adequately the duties put upon him.