§ Sir John Farr
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has on the relative cost to British machinery manufacturers wishing to exhibit at international exhibitions abroad or arranging space bookings, stand building, etc.(a) directly with the exhibition and (b) through the governmental system.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Under my Department's export initiative, companies participating as a British group at the overseas trade fair are provided with space, a shell stand and essential display aids at 50 per cent. of the estimated cost. Assistance towards the cost of travel is also available for group members exhibiting outside western Europe. This support is provided generally on three occasions in any one country.
No subsidy is available for independent exhibitors. Such companies negotiate the presentation standard they require with exhibition organisers and stand contractors.