HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 c139W
10. Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the Government's ethical foreign policy on British exports since 1 May 1997. [26440]

Mr. Robin Cook

Since this Government took office, we have stepped up Foreign Office support for British exports and I have lobbied on behalf of British Companies from Central Europe to South-East Asia. We have responded to the report of the Export Forum, introduced a new scheme of short-term secondment of business executives to our embassies, and invited Chief Executives of 30 major companies to undertake promotional events for British business while abroad. We see no conflict between our drive to expand British exports and trade, and commitment to preventing British arms from being used to repress human rights and democracy.

27. Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the ways in which his Department assists the sales of British-manufactured goods abroad. [26458]

Mr. Fatchett

We assist the sale of British-manufactured goods abroad through the work of our 217 commercial posts in 140 markets. They provide information on overseas markets and help British companies to find local business contacts. They help promote products and services, and assist British companies who wish to participate in trade fairs and missions. Posts also give political and economic briefings.