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Volume 887: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what support was given by his Department to the British firms which recently obtained contracts for the supply of capital equipment to Namibia.

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the contract which Mirrlees Blackstone Ltd. obtained last year through Hawker Siddeley Electric Africa Ltd. for the supply of diesel generating equipment for a power station to be sited at Walvis Bay. No support was given by my Department in respect of this contract.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the value of the imports of karakul pelts from Namibia in 1974.

Imports of raw furskins described as "lamb", most if not all of which is karakul, were valued at £15 million.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what promotional support or assistance or other aid from public funds has been granted to Hawker Siddeley for the purpose of obtaining a contract to build a new power station in Namibia.