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Communist Countries (Trade Inspectors)

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will list in the Official Report the names of those Communist countries which have trade inspectors working in Great Britain monitoring the manufacture of goods and equipment to be exported to their countries; and if he will give the number of trade inspectors per country.

[pursuant to his reply, 28 February 1980, c. 68]: Regarding the Soviet Union, I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 11 February.—[Vol. 978, c. 466.] As far as the Communist countries of Eastern Europe are concerned, I refer him to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Dorset, North (Mr. Baker) on 27 February.—[Vol. 979, c. 576.] However, the way in which the Government's information about trade representatives from these countries is classified will now be progressively changed so as to make it possible to distinguish easily between inspectors and other commercial personnel. In addition, there are at present 84 Chinese trade inspectors working in the United Kingdom.