HC Deb 02 February 1961 vol 633 cc1158-9
2. Mr. Turton

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he expects to receive the Report of the inter-departmental committee on trade commissions presided over by Sir Henry Wilson Smith.

Mr. Maudling

The Report of Sir Henry Wilson Smith's Committee on the future of the Trade Commission Service has been received and is now under consideration.

Mr. Turton

Can my right hon. Friend say whether that Report will be published and made available to Members, bearing in mind that 18 months ago the Estimates Committee expressed its concern over certain aspects of the work of the trade commissioners in Commonwealth countries?

Mr. Maudling

I understand that the Report has from the start been designed as a confidential report to Ministers, but certainly a full statement will be made to the House.

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