HC Deb 26 July 1999 vol 336 c26W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those occasions when he has met Ambassadors for British Business. [91875]

The Prime Minister

The Ambassadors for British Business initiative was launched by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary in November 1997. It aims to harness the expertise of leading figures in Britain's private sector to promote British strengths abroad, for example by making speeches to overseas audiences in the course of travel on their company business.

In the course of my duties, I am delighted to have met over half of the 31 business people who participate in this scheme. The Ambassadors do an excellent job in promoting British business at no cost to the taxpayer.