HC Deb 18 February 1976 vol 905 cc1274-5
10. Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new instruments he proposes to ensure that British exporters enjoy the maximum support from his Department in their search for profitable trade overseas; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ennals

My right hon. Friend announced on 14th January a special review of our overseas interests, requirements and representation. He will consider with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade any recommendations which the Central Policy Review Staff may make in the field of overseas trade promotion.

Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his reply. Will the CPRS investigate the possibility of setting up a structure similar to that which covers the development division in the matter of trade to co-ordinate our trading activities in areas of continents rather than dealing with them separately on a country-by-country basis?

Mr. Ennals

That is an interesting proposal which the CPRS could well consider. My right hon. Friend will be putting forward ideas for consideration by the CPRS.

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