Export Promotion

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead 12:00 am, 21st March 1977

The hon. Gentleman knows that a review is going on of many matters in that area. As for the grave dissatisfaction of exporters, the British Overseas Trade Board was asked by me to make certain savings in connection with the public expenditure cuts last year, and it assured me that it could do so without affecting the main thrust of its activities. I do not think it should be asumed that all expenditure in promoting exports is cost-effective. We give far more assistance in joint ventures and overseas trade fairs than the great majority of our main industrial competitors. I am satisfied that we are giving the help that is required.