asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations were made to his Department following the calling in of bank guarantees of British exhibitors following the Iranian Construction '75 International Building Fair; and what action was taken by his Department.
Representations were received from three companies, two of which requested specific help from the Department. With the agreement of the company concerned, the first was referred to the appropriate shipping and forwarding agents for attention. In the second case, at my Department's invitation, the British Embassy in Tehran has used its good offices in an effort to bring about a settlement of the dispute, so far without success. I understand that legal action is now contemplated by the United Kingdom company involved.