43. Sir G. HAMILTON
asked the Prime Minister whether he is yet able to make any statement as to the handing over of the British pavilion at the Rio de Janeiro Exhibition to the Government of Brazil?
I have now had an opportunity of discussing this matter with His Majesty's Ambassador at Rio. When the exhibition closes, the pavilion will be, reconditioned, and formally handed over to the Brazilian Government, and every effort will be made to make the ceremony worthy of the occasion.
Sir G. HAMILTON
May I ask who will undertake this ceremony, and does the hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that the British trading community, both in this country and in Brazil, attach very great importance to this ceremony, and do not think it would be suitable for the British Ambassador to hand over the building?
Sir J. NORTON-GRIFFITHS
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is a very strong feeling in Rio among leading Brazilians that some person of importance should perform the ceremony?
I am as anxious as my hon. and gallant Friends to do everything possible to encourage trade with Brazil and to meet the wishes of the Brazilian Government, but I have
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