asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will congratulate his officials on the presentation and content of the Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics in the latest issue; and whether he will take steps to draw this publication to the attention of the press and other users through Her Majesty's Stationery Office, the monthly press notice on the trade figures, and by other means.
My officials and I are grateful for the appreciative remarks and suggestions from the hon. Member. The review, although prepared mainly as an internal working document, is made available to the public through the British Overseas Trade Board publications sales unit, and there has been certain limited publicity over the years. Now that the presentation and content have been changed, and with the introduction of an annual supplement probably around the end of this month, some further publicity is planned, including through the medium of the monthly press notice.