HC Deb 25 February 1970 vol 796 c1199
56. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the value of agricultural exports in 1969; what special arrangements will he made for agricultural exhibits and agricultural machinery at the proposed National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham; and what steps he is taking to increase agricultural exports in 1970–71.

Mr. Mason

The proposed National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham will have full facilities for the exhibition of agricultural produce and machinery and supplies, the exports of which in 1969 were valued at £207 million and £192 million respectively. In addition to the many and widely-used forms of Government assistance to exporters, agricultural exporters should benefit from the grants made specifically to assist in this field to the British Agricultural Export Council.

Sir G. Nabarro

Will the right hon. Gentleman apply himself particularly to agricultural machinery exports, which valued a record of £154 million in 1969, of which £120 million comprised tractors, in which we lead the world? As this machinery requires a great deal of space for exhibition purposes, will he ensure that his Department allots several acres on the Birmingham site to allow adequate demonstrations for all overseas customers?

Mr. Mason

I will certainly keep in mind what the hon. Gentleman says when the arrangements for the proposed site become firmer.