HC Deb 26 March 1998 vol 309 cc237-8W
Mr. Swinney

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the inward missions organised for foreign companies to the United Kingdom in 1996–97; which nations were involved in each; and what percentage of the missions included visits to sites in (i) London, (ii) England and (iii) Scotland. [36188]

Mr. Fatchett

The Invest in Britain Bureau (IBB) which is jointly managed by DTI and FCO organises visits by groups of foreign companies interested in the UK as an inward investment location. In 1996 and 1997 IBB organised 11 missions. Members of these missions visited London, England and Scotland as follows:

Country London England Scotland
Germany X
Japan1 X X
Korea1 X X
Taiwan1 X X
Hong Kong1 X X
Malaysia X X X
Germany X
Mission1 X X
Japan R and D X X X
Korea1 X X
Taiwan1 X X
1 Specific site visits in London were programmes although a general briefing on London was provided.