§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Trade to what extent the work of the National Economic Development Office sector working parties will affect the adverse trend in the balance of trade shown, in written answer of 4 February, as applying in 25 out of the 32 main SITC divisions.
§ Mr. Parkinson
The sector working parties look for ways of improving the trade performance of their sectors, though they have no powers of direct action. There is no way of measuring the effects of their activities in this field.