§ Mr. Conway
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the cost, over the past five years, of the British Overseas Trade Board.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
The cost of the British Overseas Trade Board over the last five financial years has been:
Year £'000 1978–79 26 1979–80 28 1980–81 36 1981–82 65 1982–83 26
The board advises the Government on overseas trade issues and guides and directs the Government's services and assistance for exporters on behalf of my right hon. Friend. Its staff are members of the Department of Trade and Industry and the gross expenditure, together with receipts from charges for these services, can be found in the Appropriation Accounts Class IV Vote 4.