§ 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.