HC Deb 15 May 1978 vol 950 cc1-2
1. Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the way in which bodies financed or sponsored by the Government promote the interests of Wales in other countries.

The Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. John Morris)


Mr. Evans

Will the Secretary of State take the initiative in co-ordinating the industrial, commercial and tourist bodies in Wales with a view to establishing, with Government financial assistance, an attractive centre in London which would be a focal point of Welsh interests and which would further them? Does he agree that it would be a good thing if such a centre compared well with the one for Scotland just opened near Trafalgar Square and those which other countries, such as Ireland and Iceland, have?

Mr. Morris

This suggestion has been made before. I shall draw it to the attention of the Development Corporation of Wales and the Welsh Development Agency.

Mr. Kinnock

Does not my right hon. and learned Friend agree that in recent months the promotional activities of the Welsh Development Agency, especially in its Press publicity and promotional folders, has been quite excellent? Indeed, it is improving all the time. However, will he give consideration to the idea of setting up a Libyan-Welsh friendship association which could probably concentrate on the sale of Welsh sheep to Libya, as suggested by Plaid Cymru a couple of years ago?

Mr. Morris

Fortunately, the external relationships between the nationalist party and whoever is in charge in Libya are not my responsibility. I recall that suggestion being made some years ago, but by the end of the silly season it seemed to have disappeared out of sight.

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