HC Deb 27 July 1944 vol 402 cc892-3
59. Mr. Quintin Hogg

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his Department undertakes any market research in the territories in which it is proposed to extend overseas trade after the war.

Mr. Harcourt Johnstone (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

The Department's overseas officers, wherever they are stationed, keep the Department fully informed of the changes in market conditions. I intend to issue reports now being prepared with the co-operation of overseas officers, dealing (1) with the general prospects for United Kingdom goods in particular markets, and (2) the opportunities for particular export industries in all the more important markets.

Mr. Hogg

Does my right hon. Friend realise how pleased we are to see him, and does he also realise that we should be much more pleased if we could hear a word of his answer?