HC Deb 08 June 1931 vol 253 c605

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department which recommendations in the reports submitted by various oversea trade missions have been put into operation; and will he state specifically which are the trades that have adopted improved selling methods and which trades have materially reduced costs of production as a result of the reports?

Mr. GILLETT (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

It is too soon yet to be able to say very much, but I understand that already several firms intend to re-organise their selling methods in South Africa; that steps are being taken to reduce packing costs; and that in at least two industries one or more groups for selling overseas have been formed, while in a third negotiations to this end are proceeding.


Will the hon. Gentleman use his best influence to see that the results of these trade missions are given effect to? We are continually asked for our selling conditions and costs, and it is only reasonable, when missions are appointed that their recommendations should be followed as far as possible. The hon. Gentleman can do a great deal to have these recommendations carried out.


The matter is receiving the constant attention of my Department.

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