§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give, for the longest and most convenient period of time, the number of overseas visits which he has made, to which countries, on what dates, for what purposes, and at what costs; whether he is satisfied that the purposes of the visits have been or will be achieved; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mason
I have made nine overseas visits in fulfilment of my responsibilities as President of the Board of Trade including visits to European countries, the Far East and the U.S.A. and Canada. It would be impracticable to cost these visits individually, but I am satisfied that they have achieved their purpose in promoting goodwill and mutual understanding with our trading partners in several important markets for British exports.