§ 61. Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what joint migration and trade regional offices have now been opened in the United Kingdom by Her Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia; and what help is being given by Departments and offices of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Alport
The Australian Government have opened combined migration and trade offices in Manchester and Belfast and a migration office in Edinburgh. There have been for some time trade offices in Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol, and one at York which is shortly to be moved to Leeds.
The opening of the new migration offices has enabled the close liaison, 115W which has always existed between Australia House and the Ministry of Labour and National Service in the administration of the Assisted Passage Scheme, to be extended to the regional level. Moreover the Northern Ireland Ministry of Labour and National Insurance now has a direct liaison with the new migration office in Belfast.