§ 41. Viscount Hinchingbrooke
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will define the division of responsibility between his Department and the Department of Overseas Trade; and with what industries and with what countries, respectively, each is concerned.
§ Mr. Johnstone
The Board of Trade is responsible for formulating and carrying out industrial and trade policy. The main function of the Department of Overseas Trade is to provide assistance to exporters within the framework of that policy. The two Departments work in close collaboration and there is no division of functions by industry or by country.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate what assistance is being afforded to exporters at the present time?