HC Deb 17 December 1928 vol 223 c2599
27. Mr. HANNON

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he contemplates any action for the encouragement of British exhibits at the Barcelona exhibition to be held next year, with the object of extending British trade in Spain; and if his Department is prepared to give financial support to an organised effort for a joint exhibit of British manufactures at Barcelona?


In view of the other commitments of my Department in connection with the organisation of exhibitions, and in view of the financial situation, His Majesty's Government felt unable to accept the invitation of the Spanish Government to participate officially in the Barcelona Exhibition. Close touch has, however, been maintained with the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and full information as to the British firms likely to be interested has been provided. Publicity has been given to the exhibition in the Board of Trade Journal, and information and literature have been distributed to prospective British exhibitors. With regard to the last part of the question, I am not prepared to recommend at this very late hour a reversal of the decision already taken.


Is not assistance of the kind suggested in the question to British manufacturers the most admirable way of developing markets abroad, and would the hon. Gentleman consider, perhaps in more favourable circumstances next year, a reversal of this policy?


We are always prepared to consider how we can help British industry.