HC Deb 15 April 1965 vol 710 c1644
15. Mr. Dell

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many proposals for inward and outward trade missions have been submitted to the British National Export Council; and how many of these have been approved for the purpose of Government grant.

Mr. Jay

Eleven proposals for inward and five for outward missions. Four of each have been approved. Two proposals for outward missions have been rejected, and the rest are being considered.

Mr. Dell

Are not these figures so far rather disappointing? Are they in fact coming in at the rate the Government are expecting? What arrangements are the Government making to check the results of these missions?

Mr. Jay

I think these figures are reasonably encouraging. After all, we offered these facilities only in January. Since then industrial organisations have had to react to them and put in proposals which have to be examined. I do not think it is a bad record up to date. I shall certainly watch the effect of the missions when they take place.