HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 cc369-70W
Mr. Wilkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in respect of which Latin American country his Department has appointed export promoters; and if he will list individually the total expenditure each incurred in the financial year 1997–98 and their individual budgets for the financial year 1998–99. [57027]

Mr. Wilson

[holding answer 28 October 1998]: My Department currently has appointed Export Promoters for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The financial figures requested are as follows (rounded up):

1997–98 expenditure 1998–99 budgets
Argentina/Chile/Uruguay/Paraguay 77,000 62,000
Brazil 76,000 140,000
Mexico 64,000 67,000
Peru nil 42,000

Mr. Wilkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the budgets he has allocated in the financial year 1998–99 to each country under his Department's Link into Latin America trade programme. [57026]

Mr. Wilson

[holding answer 28 October 1998]: In 1998–99, the countries covered by the 'Link into Latin America' campaign have been allocated a total promotional budget of £780,000. This includes a budget of £440,000 for a targeted export initiative for Brazil, in the context of Mercosur, arising out of the recommendations of the 1997 Export Forum report. The remainder of the budget is spread across multi-country events and other market specific activities. In addition, the Department provides support for activities such as trade missions to and overseas trade fairs in Latin America through a range of other more general schemes.

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