asked the Minister for Trade if he will introduce compensation for firms which suffer loss flowing from trade sanctions against Argentina.
While we naturally regret the consequences for British firms of the trade sanctions we have imposed, it has not been the policy of successive Governments to pay compensation.
asked the Minister for Trade how effective the EEC embargo on trade with Argentina has been to date.
The ban, which affects about a quarter of Argentina's exports, has demonstrated the EEC's opposition to Argentina's aggression and had an immediate impact on international confidence in the Argentine economy.
asked the Minister for Trade (1) if he will list any trade delegations or visits to the United Kingdom sponsored or arranged by the British Government since 3 May 1979 for Argentine Ministers, officials or business persons, together with the names of any British Ministers or officials who met them; and if he will place in the Library copies of any press statements issued or speeches made in the course of or about such visits;(2) if he will list those Ministers, officials and business persons who have visited Argentina since 3 May 1979 on official trade delegations; and if he will place in the Library copies of any press statements or speeches made in connection with such delegations, including those associated with visits by Ministers or officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.
asked the Minister for Trade if he will list the trade delegations mounted to Argentina since 3 May 1979; including any associated with visits by Ministers or officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The following delegations have visited the Argentine since 3 May 1979:
Date and Sponsor
14–25 May 1979—Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry
22 May-9 June 1979—Ship and Boat Builders National Federation
30 June-14 July 1979—British Food Export Council
20 October-2 November 1979—Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce
3–18 November 1979—Publishers Association
16–28 March 1980—British Agricultural Export Council
28 June-1 July 1980—Engineering and Building Centre
19–30 July 1980—British Food Export Council
22–26 September 1980—Scottish Council (Development and Industry)
5–17 October 1980—London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
25 October-8 November 1980—Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce
2–21 November 1980—Association of British Mining and Equipment Companies
28 March-12 April 1981—British Menswear Guild
20 June-4 July 1981—Engineering and Building Centre
10–17 July 1981—North of England Development Council
9–23 October 1981—Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce
2–7 November 1981—Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry
9–11 June 1980—British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers Association