HC Deb 10 December 1928 vol 223 cc1682-3
28. Mr. HANNON

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his attention has been called to the Johannesburg agricultural show, which is in process of organisation and which will be held next year; if he is aware that a national exhibit of the products of Holland will be displayed on a representative scale at that exhibition and feat an exhibit of French national products is also being prepared for this show; and whether he proposes to take any measure's to ensure that a representative exhibit of British goods shall also be shown on the same occasion?


I have received from His Majesty's Trade Commissioner in Johannesburg information regarding the Johannesburg Agricultural Show. It is an annual event which is mainly of interest to manufacturers of agricultural machinery. Information regarding last year's show has been communicated to the Agricultural Engineer's Association. A notice was also published in the Board of Trade Journal of 12th July. I have no information as to French or Dutch plans for participation next year.


Does this mean that my hon. Friend's Department can give no assistance at all to the organisations which exhibit agricultural machinery to be shown at this important exhibition?


Yes, we give every assistance within our power. We circularise all the people who are directly concerned that this show is going to be held, and in any other way than directly participating as a Government we are anxious to help.