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Overseas Exhibitions

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade how much money was spent by Her Majesty's Government in 1978 on the construction of overseas exhibitions in (a) North America and Canada, (b) Western Europe, (c) State trading countries and (d) elsewhere in the world; what percentage of each of these sums was spent with British contractors; and how much was spent in total with

DateName of shipDead-weightLocationType of oil
October 1970"Pacific Glory"77,648Off the Isle of WightCrude oil
March 1971"Panther"26,155South GoodwinsCrude oil
March 1971"Trinity Navigator"45,321Berry Head, BrixhamCrude oil
May 1971"Herulv"21,330Near south Goodwin light vesselFuel oil
October 1972"Kylix"18,944In River ThamesRefined oil
January 1973"Thorshov"102,855East SolentCrude oil
June 1973"Conoco Britannia"116,840In River HumberCrude oil
August 1973"Dona Marika"18,625Milford HavenMotor spirit
December 1973"British Fern"20,63812 miles off Great YarmouthPetroleum Products
June 1975"Permina 112"138,55540 miles East of HarwichCrude oil
November 1975"Olympic Alliance"216,441Dover StraitCrude oil
May 1976"British Esk"25,084SwanscaGas oil
August 1977"Marun"25,245SwanseaGas oil
January 1978"Texaco Baltic"31,500In River ThamesMotor spirit
May 1978"Eleni V"18,879Off Great YarmouthHeavy fuel oil
October 1978"Christos Bitas"58,82915 miles off South West Wales coastCrude oil

foreign contractors on contracts carried out in other than their own countries.

Information in precisely the form requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Broad estimates of expenditure by the British Overseas Trade Board on construction and allied display work at trade exhibitions overseas in the financial year 1977–78 are: for North America £700,000; Western Europe £2,900,000; State trading countries £1,200,000 and other countries £900,000. Approximate percentage expenditure with British companies for North America is negligible and for the other three areas not available. Total expenditure amounts to £5,700,000 of which latest estimates show £1,750,000–31 per cent.—was spent with British companies. Approximately £1,000,000 was spent with foreign contractors on work outside their own country during 1977–78.