§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what contribution her Department made to the budget of the Overseas Trade Board in the last financial year. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
My Department's expenditure on the British Overseas Trade Board during financial year 1997/98 was £229,000. This includes the salary of Sir Martin Laing CBE, Chairman of the BOTB, and the cost of visits both in the UK and overseas by Sir Martin and by the Vice-Chairman, HRH The Duke of Kent.