HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 cc147-8W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what powers, and under which statutory provisions, the Scottish Office has which enable it or its agencies to help firms located in Scotland to develop export markets overseas. [27641]

Mr. Wilson

My Department, through Scottish Trade International, a joint organisation between The Scottish Office and Scottish Enterprise, assists the delivery to Scottish-based companies of support from the Government's Overseas Trade Service, funded by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. In addition, Scottish-companies benefit from export advice and assistance from Scottish Enterprise on the basis of section 1(a) of the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990 and from export advice now funded by my own Department under the Industrial Development Act 1982.