§ 62. Mr. JAMES MacANDREW
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether, in view of the scale upon which leading European Powers are arranging participation at the International Universal Exhibition to be held at Brussels next year, it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to participate in this commercial event?
§ Lieut. Colonel COLVILLE
Yes, Sir. Having regard to the importance of this exhibition, both from a commercial and political standpoint, His Majesty's Government have decided to participate. The Belgian Government are being informed of this decision, and that it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to erect an official pavilion.
§ Mr. MacANDREW
Can the hon. and gallant Member say what efforts are being made to interest industrialists in this country in the exhibition, the number of countries that will participate, and when the exhibition is likely to be held?
§ Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE
We are getting into touch with the Federation of British Industries, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and other industrial bodies, for the purpose of interesting industrialists in the exhibition. As to the second part of the supplementary question, 18 countries are participating, including France, Germany and Italy, and the exhibition will be held next, year.
§ Mr. MAXTON
Can the hon. and gallant Member say which member of the Government will be in charge of the pavilion at the exhibition?