HC Deb 18 July 1966 vol 732 c33
40. Mr. Gregory

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what support he will give to United Kingdom embassies and agencies overseas, particularly in Eastern Europe, with commercial, technical and scientific assistance to back the efforts of industry and the British Nuclear Export Executive in the sale of the advance gas-cooled reactor and other British nuclear power systems.

Mrs. White

The commercial staffs of our embassies are ready to give every assistance to the nuclear power industry in their efforts to sell abroad. Where full-time services of experts qualified in highly specialised subjects are needed we shall, with the advice of the appropriate Ministries, do our best to see that they are forthcoming.

Mr. Gregory

As the present trade talks in both Czechoslovakia and Rumania are of a highly technical and complicated nature, would my hon. Friend agree that there is every case for urgently supplying technical and scientific staffs in both Prague and Bucharest to assist industry in its efforts?

Mrs. White

If we are convinced that it is necessary and that the volume of work requires it, we will consider the matter. However, I would refer my hon. Friend to the passages in the Plowden Report on the Overseas Service which are concerned with this.

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