§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what decisions were taken at the meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum in Honolulu on 18 March that will affect United Kingdom trade with the APEC Forum nations.
§ Mr. Heseltine
The meeting in Honolulu was a gathering, for the first time, of Finance Ministers from the 17 APEC member countries. Neither the United Kingdom nor the EU has observer status. We understand that discussions focused on closer economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region but that no specific decisions were taken.