§ Sir Dudley Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what progress he has made in his policy in respect of harmonising trade associations and the sponsorship of their industries by his Department.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
We wish to see trade associations that are powerful, effective and influential in representing their members and which play a significant role in promoting the international competitiveness of their sectors. The Department has therefore worked closely, and will continue to work closely, with many trade associations with these aims in mind and to ensure that there is an effective and representative trade association for each sector of industry and commerce.