HC Deb 20 January 1931 vol 247 cc9-10

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what steps his Department propose to take with a view to encouraging the following up of the British Empire Trade Exhibition at Buenos Aires by personal contact on the part of representatives of British industries, and are there any funds at his disposal which can be used for the purpose?

Mr. GILLETT (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

My Department regards the British Empire Trade Exhibition at Buenos Aires as one of a series of measures for developing our trade with the South American markets. Other measures with the same end in view have been the D'Abernon Mission and the investigation recently completed by the ex-Master Cutler of Sheffield on behalf of the lighter industries of Sheffield. I am now discussing with these and other important industries the measures which should be taken in order to derive the utmost benefit from the Exhibition. All possible financial assistance is afforded by the Department out of the funds at its disposal for the development of export trade.


Do I understand the hon. Gentleman to refer to the D'Abernon Mission, and, if so, will he tell us what details of the recommendations of that Mission he has yet to put into operation?


Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a question.