§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the purpose of his visit to Saudi Arabia on 28 June; whom he met; what trading matters he discussed; and with what outcome.
§ Mr. Heseltine
The purpose of my visit to Saudi Arabia on 28 June was in response to a Saudi request for advice on future privatisations. I was accompanied by a delegation of British business men expert in privatisation. Meetings were held with the Saudi Ministers of Commerce, Finance, Industry and Electricity, Defence and Post and Telecommunications. The opportunity was also taken to further certain British bids for contracts; the Saudi Government noted the interest of the United Kingdom Government in these potential contracts.