Oral Answers to Questions — Diplomatic and Consular Services (Amalgamation)

– in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed to amalgamate or co-ordinate the diplomatic and consular services?

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

Yes, Sir. It is proposed that, when entry into the Service is resumed after the war, entrants will be recruited as members of a combined Foreign Service instead of, as hitherto, as members of the Diplomatic or Consular Services.

Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

Can my right hon. Friend issue a statement of the terms under which the members of the existing Consular and Diplomatic Services are to be amalgamated?

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

The terms of the amalgamation are yet to be worked out. This cannot apply until after the war, because there are no entrants at all now.