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South Africa

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has as to the number of British trade missions which visited South Africa in each year from 1979; how many such missions received a grant from his Department; what was the average grant per mission in each year; and what was the total cost to his Department in each year.

The Department does not keep records of trade missions to South Africa outside the BOTB scheme.Details of missions which received BOTB financial support for the years specified are as follows:

YearNumber of missionsAnnual value of BOTB subvention (£)
1985 (1st quarter)436,480
The grant to each mission member for the period until 31 March 1981 was £345; from 1 April 1981 to 31 October 1982, £415; from 1 November 1982 to date, £480.

table B7 of the "Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics"; and if he will account for differences in the actual numbers.

In principle the two series are identical apart from the deflator used, which in the UN source is a unit value index and in the United Kingdom source is an average value index. In practice the effect of this is small; most of the difference between the series is due to revisions to export figures which the UN have not incorporated.