HC Deb 03 February 1948 vol 446 c260W
85. Mr. Teeling

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to increase trade with Japan; what representatives of his Board are in Japan; and what are the qualifications and experience of Japanese trade held by each such representative.

Mr. Bottomley

Arrangements are being concluded for the conduct of sterling area trade with Japan in sterling and I hope that by this and other means we will increase both our visible and invisible trade with Japan. The economic adviser to the United Kingdom Liaison Mission holds the rank of Counsellor (Commercial). The present Adviser is one of the more senior and experienced members of the commercial diplomatic service although he has no previous experience in Japan. He is assisted by two other officers, both of whom had experience in Japan before the war. The head of our Purchasing and Selling Mission is also a representative of my Department. He spent many years in Japan before the war as a director of a British firm and for a time after the war he represented the Ministry of War Transport there. He has two assistants each of whom had industrial or merchanting experience in Japan before the war.