§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to assist small firms in Wales with their exports; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The full range of advice and assistance offered by the British Overseas Trade Board (BOTB) to British exporters is available through my Industry Department to firms in Wales seeking to establish or expand their overseas markets. In addition to the BOTB's services, the Welsh Development Agency, the Development Board for Rural Wales and the Development Corporation for Wales provide marketing advice and help for Welsh exporters. The small exporter is encouraged to make full use of these services.