HC Deb 21 October 1987 vol 120 c812W
Mr. Michael Morris

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what financial support has been give to the British shoe industry through the British Overseas 'Trade Board since 1974–75, both in absolute and real terms, including the budget for the current financial year.

Mr. Alan Clark

The BOTB does not allocate funds or generally keep records of financial assistance to industry sectors. However, some information on overseas trade fairs sponsored by BFMF (British Footwear Manufactures Federation) and SATRA Footwear Technology Centre is available as follows:

Year Support At 1987–8 prices
£ £
1983–84 46,688 55,643
1984–85 25,929 29,599
1985–86 79,629 85,723
1986–87 33,490 34,997

This year support for trade fairs is estimated at £17,798.