§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Minister for Trade if he will ensure that the Export Credits Guarantee Department gives prompt and comprehensive assistance to the industries of Stoke-on-Trent in general and the pottery industry in particular; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
[pursuant to his reply, 16 June 1982, c. 273]: The full range of appropriate facilities of the Export Credits Guarantee Department is available to exporters in Stoke-on-Trent in general and in the pottery industry in particular on the same basis as for all United Kingdom exporters. The Department has a large number of policyholders in the Stoke-on-Trent area and deals with business under their policies as promptly as possible.