HC Deb 29 April 1965 vol 711 cc602-3
6. Mr. Dell

asked the President of the Board of Trade what conclusions he has come to as a result of his discussions on whether changes are desirable in the existing arrangements for training in the mechanics of export and on whether action is required by Her Majesty's Government to encourage people to make the fullest use of them; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redhead

The consultations mentioned in my answer of the 18th February are continuing, but I am not able to add to that reply at this stage.

Mr. Dell

Is my hon. Friend aware of the importance of keeping facilities for this sort of training under continuous review in relation, particularly, to demand, especially as, unfortunately, the mechanics of export are not becoming any simpler as time goes on?

Mr. Redhead

My hon. Friend can be sure that we take a serious view of this, and that consultations are covering a very comprehensive review of existing facilities, and what further steps may be necessary.

Sir Rolf Dudley Williams

Will the Minister of State tell the House what are the mechanics of export?

Mr. Tilney

Will the Minister bear in mind that there are many British companies which have gone into partnership with overseas territories in forming new companies for the servicing of British exports, and that they are hard hit in this way by his right hon. Friend's Finance Bill?

Mr. Redhead

I am not sure that I see the relevance of that supplementary question to the Question on the Order Paper.

Mr. Speaker

It depends on the meaning of "mechanics of export", which was not explained.