The Foreign Service and Science


    THERE was a debate in the House of Commons on March 20 on the Foreign Service, dealing particularly with recruitment to that Service so as to ensure that it is staffed with those who have a real understanding of the economic and social background of the world to-day and that it reflects adequately the general social structure of Great Britain. Mr. H. McNeil, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, replying for the Government, said that, of the last fifty-eight recruits to the Foreign Service, nineteen had not been at any of the well-known public schools. The Civil Service and Foreign Service are only now feeling the full effect of the Education Act of 1902. The Government fully appreciates, he said, the significance of the new forces arising in the world and the importance of the Foreign Service being competent to handle the issues involved ; and it is to bring in young men who are really representative of Britain that labour attaches have already been appointed ; more are being sent out, as well as scientific attachés.

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    The Foreign Service and Science. Nature 157, 544 (1946).

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