§ Mr. John Garrett
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many sectoral studies published by NEDO call for Government assistance to set up export marketing corporations; and what action he proposes to take on the matter.
§ Mr. Meacher
None of the sectoral studies published by NEDO calls for Government assistance to set up export marketing corporations. However, reference is made in 10 of the published reports to the need for greater co-operation by manufacturers in various forms to achieve a higher level of exports. The sector working parties concerned have indicated in most cases that action to achieve this lies with the industry and relevant trade association to pursue. We shall certainly examine what further action, such as the establishment of joint460W overseas marketing arrangements, is required when all the sector working party reports have been fully examined.