HC Deb 05 May 2000 vol 349 cc241-2W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what trade deals he was able to facilitate on his visit to India. [120552]

Mr. Caborn

I have been asked to reply.

During his visit to India in January, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry witnessed the signature of two partnership agreements with Indian companies involving two enterprising British firms, Gemini Dataloggers of Chichester and Antech International of Suffolk. These partnerships were fostered under Enterprise Initiative: India, a new British Trade International trade development scheme offering help and support to UK companies seeking business in key India States. He set a target of the creation of 200 such partnerships. He also supported several UK companies in their pursuit of project business, and set a target for a 20 per cent. increase in bilateral trade.

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