§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what conferences or exhibitions in the United Kingdom or abroad dealing with offshore oil have been sponsored or financed by the Government in 1980; and if he will list the location, general theme and cost of each conference held.
§ Mr. Parkinson
Whilst the Government have not directly sponsored or financed offshore oil exhibitions or conferences in the United Kingdom or abroad during 1980, under the British Overseas Trade Board's joint venture scheme the Department of Trade provided support for groups of British exhibitors at the following six oil shows overseas:
Event Net Expenditure (Rounded) £ Singapore Offshore South East Asia conference and exhibition—26–29 February 45,000 Houston 12th Annual Offshore Technology conference 5–8 May 122,000 Amsterdam European Exhibition for Petroleum Technology—20–23 May 20,000 Rio de Janeiro Latin American Oil Show—1–4 July 18,000 Stavanger Offshore North Sea Technology conference and exhibition—26–29 August 23,000 Mexico City International Oil and Gas exhibition—24–29 November 31,000