HC Deb 26 November 1969 vol 792 cc410-1
19. Mr. David Watkins

asked the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the increase in export orders resulting from British participation in the Asian Fair held in Teheran in October, 196.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

I cannot at present estimate what exports may result from British participation in this fair last month. Initial reports by British firms taking part make it clear that the fair provided excellent opportunities for them on a growing market.

Mr. Watkins

Does my hon. Friend subscribe to the view that in practice this turned out to be an Iranian rather than an Asian fair? Is she aware that the British pavilion, which I had the opportunity to visit, was generally rated as the best there?

Mrs. Dunwoody

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his second remark. He should not underestimate the number of nations taking part. In this instance it was more than 40. I think that the fair provided many opportunities to British businessmen.

Mr. R. C. Mitchell

Will my hon. Friend send the congratulations of the House to all those responsible for organising the British stand at this fair? Without doubt, it was by far the best there and was a first-class effort.

Mrs. Dunwoody

I will gladly do so. The work done by the Fairs Division of the Board of Trade is some of the most efficient of any display services anywhere.

Mr. Costain

Will the hon. Lady arrange for photographs of the British pavilions at these various fairs to be exhibited so that hon. Members may see them?

Mrs. Dunwoody

The pavilion had a special roof and some other architectural features of considerable interest. I will certainly try to obtain photographs for the House.