HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc137-8W
163. Sir P. Hannon

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he proposes to resume the publication of consular reports on industrial and commercial conditions in foreign countries; and when reports from the consulates at New York, New Orleans and San Franciso may be expected

Mr. Marquand

Consular Reports on industrial and commercial conditions were superseded many years ago by annual published reports prepared by the Commercial Secretariats of His Majesty's Embassies and Legations abroad. This series was discontinued during the war, but during 1945 and 1946 twenty-six booklets were published in a series of [...] Reviews of Commercial Conditions," prepared in the same way. Arrangements are now being made for the resumption of the full series of prewar reviews, but, because of the very thorough revision of the material which will be necessary, it will be some time before the first volumes can be put on sale. With reference to the latter part of the Question, although reports from individual consulates are not normally published, our interest in regional marketing in the United States has led to the publication in the "Board of Trade Journal," on 2nd November, 1946, of an article by His Majesty's Consul-General in San Franciso on the market opportunities in that area, while New York has been covered in another article on the 18th May, 1946, by the Minister Commercial in Washington. An article on the New Orleans area will he published shortly.