HC Deb 02 June 1960 vol 624 cc1619-21
25. Commander Courtney

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the extent to which British industry participated with Government support in the fourth World Trade Fair held in New York in May, 1960; and if the British Government was officially represented at this fair.

Mr. J. Rodgers

I understand that only one United Kingdom firm participated in this trade fair. There was no Government support and no official exhibit.

Commander Courtney

Can my hon. Friend say to what extent our principal competitors were represented at this fair?

Mr. Rodgers

Sixteen countries had official stands, but British businesses did not show any great interest in the fair. In 1960 only one firm took a stand. Five agents exhibited goods of United Kingdom principals. That is why we decided to concentrate on the British Trade Fair in June, where the Board of Trade is staging an official display.