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Outward Missions Scheme

Volume 889: debated on Thursday 10 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report details of the Government's Outward Mission scheme, including a list of the persons administering the scheme, its annual budget, its date of inception, and the headings of its expenditure since its inception.

I have arranged for copies of a leaflet giving details of the Outward Missions Scheme to be placed in the Library. The present scheme based on an earlier one administered by the British National Export Council was introduced in 1972 by the British Overseas Trade Board under whose direction it is administered by the Fairs and Promotions Branch of the Department of Trade's Export Services and Promotions Division.Annual expenditure has been as follows:

Financial YearNumber of missionsNumber of firmsExpenditure £'000
1972–731451,644322
1973–741681,965527
1974–75*1822,200620
*Estimated.